Why should I get immunizations for my child?
Immunizations are a simple, effective way to save your child’s life by protecting them from severe diseases. Immunizations have wiped out (or nearly wiped out) illnesses like smallpox and polio that once caused devastating health effects and were a leading cause of death.
Getting your child immunized also protects others in the community, especially those who are too young to receive vaccines or who can’t get them because of illness or allergy.
What immunizations should my child receive?
Specific immunizations and boosters are recommended at various stages of your child’s life. Dr. Fershtman can guide you as to which of these your child needs:
- DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis)
- HIB (haemophilus influenzae type b)
- PCV-13 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A
- MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
Your child receives these immunizations on a carefully developed schedule based on their age and health.
It’s also important for your child to get a flu vaccine every year. Children 6 months and older benefit from this annual vaccine to protect against the most prevalent strains of the flu in circulation that year.
Are immunizations safe?
Immunizations are offered to protect people from illnesses and diseases that can cause lifelong medical problems and even death. The benefits of immunizations are overwhelming when it comes to helping your individual child and the community.
Immunizations are incredibly safe and are only offered after years of research and review. Raise any concerns you have about immunizations with Dr. Fershtman so he can directly and credibly help you understand their safety, importance, and effectiveness.
Are there side effects associated with immunizations?
Immunizations can sometimes cause mild side effects, but these pass rather quickly. After specific immunizations, your child may be fussy, have a low fever, or experience pain at the injection site.
When your child comes to Lake Area Pediatrics for immunizations, Dr. Fershtman lets you know exactly what to expect and when to call the office if you have a concern.
To protect your child, call Lake Area Pediatrics or schedule your child’s immunizations online today.