Vaccines are preventive health treatments that help the immune system fight off germs, reducing the risk of serious illness. At Inspirada Pediatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada, board-certified pediatricians Dr. Charles Hutchings (Dr. Chuck), Dr. Cynthia Chase, and PA Allie MacAdams and the experienced team provide vaccines for their newborn, pediatric, and adolescent patients. Call the office or request an appointment online today to update your child’s vaccines.
Many parents are concerned about vaccine safety, especially for their children. In the United States, vaccines undergo years of testing and evaluation before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves them for public use.
Once released to the public, the FDA and scientists continue to monitor the vaccines for safety. Additionally, each new batch of an approved vaccine is tested for quality and safety before being given to health care providers for use.
Though rare, it’s possible to have an allergic reaction to a vaccine. This reaction may occur from a component in the vaccine or something else. Health care providers may recommend holding off on vaccines in cases like this.
Vaccines work by helping your immune system develop a defense system against common contagious diseases. Vaccines contain small amounts of a dead or weakened germ or a component of the germ.
When injected into your body, your immune system recognizes the germ as foreign and dangerous and develops antibodies to fight it. All of this happens without you actually getting sick.
If you come in contact with the germ at another point, your immune system remembers it and makes the antibody to fight it off immediately. Vaccines may prevent you from getting sick or reduce your risk of developing serious symptoms.
The team at Inspirada Pediatrics follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization schedule for children and teens when administering vaccines. This guide provides information about the types of vaccines kids need and when they need them.
Common vaccines for infants, children, and adolescents include:
Some vaccines require boosters because immunization may decline over time. The flu vaccine is given every year because the influenza virus changes from year to year. The COVID-19 vaccine and boosters are also approved for use in children six months and older.
Call Inspirada Pediatrics or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about vaccines for your child.