Immunizations can help your child from becoming seriously ill if he or she is exposed to infectious diseases. That's why your pediatricians here at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, offer various vaccines at their office—read on to learn more.
How immunizations protect your child
Immunizations introduce a killed or weakened form of germs into your son or daughter's body. The shots won't make your children ill, but they will prevent them from becoming sick if they're ever exposed to the germs. Immunizations prompt your child's body to produce antibodies, proteins that recognize and kill invading germs.
Vaccine safety has become a common topic of conversation during the past several years, as some parents worried that immunizations could do more harm than good. Unfortunately, failing to vaccinate children caused outbreaks of measles and whooping cough throughout the country. Some children who became sick developed serious or life-threatening complications. In the past, these diseases had been nearly eliminated in the U.S., thanks to widespread immunizations.
Immunizations may cause mild side effects, such as low fever or irritability, but they can't cause your child to become sick with a particular disease. Vaccines also don't cause autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How immunizations protect the community
Babies and toddlers gradually receive all of their recommended immunizations over a course of several years. Until they do, they may not be completely protected. Immunizing the entire community ensures that young children or children who can't receive vaccines are never exposed to the germs that could make them very sick.
Immunizations your child may receive
Your child's pediatrician in West Jordan can help you safeguard your child's health by offering numerous immunizations. Vaccines protect your children from:
- Whooping Cough
- Hepatitis A and B
- German Measles
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B
- Blood Infections
- Seasonal Influenza
- Human Papillomavirus
Your child's pediatrician will discuss the recommended vaccine schedule for your child during his or her checkups.
Immunizations reduce your child's risk of contracting a variety of diseases. Call the pediatrician here at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, at (801) 563-1975 to schedule an appointment.