Immunizations

Lapeer Pediatrics

Board Certified Pediatricians located in Lapeer, MI

Immunizations are a key part of your child’s preventive health care,by protecting your child from serious infectious and life-threatening diseases. At Lapeer Pediatrics in Lapeer, Michigan, the team led by Mohammad Al-Harastani, MD, FAAP, and Sami Al-Harastani, MD, offers quality immunizations against pneumonia, the flu, and tetanus. Immunizations are essential to every child’s wellness. The team believes that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of care. If you’d like to schedule immunizations or if you have questions, call Lapeer Pediatrics or schedule an appointment here on the website.

Immunizations

What are immunizations?

Immunizations (vaccinations) are an important part of your child’s preventive care. Immunizations refer to shots that protect your child from several infectious, life-threatening diseases. The term immunization describes the process of being vaccinated and gradually developing immunity to specific diseases over time. 

Immunizations involve dead or weakened versions of viruses or bacteria that prepare the body to fight an infection without exposing your child to the actual disease. The objective is to stimulate your child’s immune system to produce antibodies and white blood cells (lymphocytes) to fight these foreign invaders.

At Lapeer Pediatrics, your pediatrician can help you decide if your child is due for a vaccine and create your child’s personalized immunization plan so you can keep track of your child’s preventive care.

Why should I vaccinate my child?

Immunizations are recommended based on a number of things like:

  • Age
  • Health
  • Occupation or school
  • Prior vaccinations
  • Lifestyle

Immunizations for infants, children, and adolescents are carefully dosed for safety and effectiveness.

If you and your child have travel plans at some point in the near future, in some cases, your pediatrician will suggest immunizations based on your travel destinations. 

If a certain virus or diseases like the flu or measles are prevalent in the area you’re planning to travel to, it’s best that your child receives the recommended immunizations to prevent them from contracting the disease or virus.

Your child’s immune system is immature and incapable of fighting off serious and potentially fatal diseases like measles, pneumonia, encephalitis, and meningitis. Measles is a leading cause of death in young children in developing countries where vaccination rates are low. 

Your child’s first exposure to a disease might be caused by bacteria that are too strong for your child to fight off. Prior to immunizations, many children died from fatal infectious diseases that we can vaccinate against today.

The World Health Organization estimates that around 2 million deaths are prevented every year by vaccinations. Over one million unvaccinated children die each year from vaccine-preventable Rotavirus diarrhea and pneumococcal disease. The hepatitis B vaccine is the first vaccine that prevents cancer.

Getting newborns vaccinated on schedule helps prevent 48,000 deaths in the United States every year. The US is dealing with an outbreak of pertussis, also called whooping cough. In 2012, almost 49,000 cases of pertussis were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Which immunizations should children get?

The right immunizations for your child largely depend on their age, health conditions, lifestyle and travel habits, and certain other factors. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following immunizations for children:

  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Rotavirus
  • Hepatitis (HepA and HepB)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • H influenzae type B (HIB)
  • Influenza (flu shot)
  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Meningococcal (meningitis and septicemia)

 For your convenience, your pediatrician can administer some immunizations at the same time. 

If you’d like more information or you’d like to schedule your child’s immunizations, click the onlline booking tool or call Lapeer Pediatrics today.

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