Is your child current on his or her immunizations? At AAA Pediatrics in Woodbridge, your pediatricians, Dr. Oscar Sugastti and Dr. Griselda Meza, firmly believe in these important medications. Read answers to some frequently asked questions many parents have about their children's shots.
How do immunizations work?
Immunization actually is a bodily process. It happens when your physician injects your child with a medication called a vaccine. Vaccines contain killed or weakened micro-organisms which cause contagious diseases such as pneumonia. The body reacts to a vaccine by building immunity against the injected germs.
Who should receive vaccines?
Your child should. Your Woodbridge pediatricians follow the vaccine guidelines outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control. There are three separate schedules:
- For ages birth through age six
- For ages seven through 18
- A catch-up schedule for children who are one month or more behind in receiving their injections
Are vaccines safe?
Your pediatrician believes that vaccines confer excellent protection against several potentially dangerous diseases. Yes, these medications are safe, and they have actually eradicated some illnesses which previously killed and disabled millions. Smallpox is just one example.
Will my child develop a reaction to the shots?
Reactions are typically localized and may involve a slight fever, tenderness, and redness at the injection site and fussiness in the case of a baby or toddler.
Should I postpone my child's vaccines if she is sick?
Only a severe illness should postpone your child's scheduled shots. If she has a mild cold or other problem, check with Dr. Sugastti or Dr. Mesa to see if you should proceed with her shots.
Do vaccines lead to autism?
Parents have worried about this for years. However, research shows no link between any vaccine and this developmental disorder.
What is herd immunity?
In general, a communicable disease will stop moving through a population if enough people are immunized against it. Even people too medically fragile to receive these shots benefit from those who can.
Against how many diseases do vaccines protect children?
Your child's shots protect him or her from 16 separate illnesses, including pneumonia, influenza, measles, chicken pox, mumps, and more.
Why are some shots given in several doses?
Immunity can deteriorate over time, and the micro-organisms which cause them can change, too. So, the CDC and APA recommend multiple administrations of some vaccines
Find out more
If you have other questions about childhood immunizations, please contact AAA Pediatrics in Woodbridge, VA. Our team will be happy to address any concerns you may have. Call (703) 580-6400.