Immunizations protect your child from a number of potentially serious diseases. Dr. Mina Sehhat, your pediatrician in San Jose, CA, answers a few questions about childhood immunizations.
Why are immunizations important?
Most parents wouldn't think of starting the car unless their children were securely strapped in car seats. After all, you never know when an accident could occur. Immunizations offer another important way to prevent your children from harm. Immunizing your child not only prevents your son or daughter from developing the painful symptoms of a disease, but also helps him or her avoid long-lasting consequences from the illness.
Immunizing your child also protects other children who are too young to receive immunizations or can't be immunized for various reasons. The more children are immunized, the less likely a disease will spread. Polio, an illness that can cause paralysis or death, was once a common childhood disease in the U.S. The introduction of the polio vaccine in 1955 lead to the virtual eradication of the disease in the U.S. Immunizations have had a similar effect on other childhood diseases.
Which immunizations should my child get?
Your San Jose pediatrician recommends that children receive several immunizations that offer protection from the most common childhood diseases, including:
MMR: The MMR vaccine protects your child from catching measles, mumps and rubell (German measles.)
DTaP: Diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines are combined in the DTaP vaccine.
HBV: The HBV immunization offers protection from hepatitis B.
HiB: The HiB virus helps your child avoid Haemophilus influenza type b, which can cause pneumonia and spinal meningitis.
Polio Vaccine: Your child will become immune to the polio virus after receiving this vaccine.
Varicella: The varicella vaccine protects your child from chicken pox. Although some children still do develop the illness, symptoms are much less severe.
Pneumococcal Vaccine: The pneumococcal vaccine offers protection from pneumonia, blood infections and meningitis.
Has your child had all of his or her pediatric immunizations? Call Dr. Sehhat, your San Jose, CA pediatrician, at (408) 975-7680 to schedule an appointment.