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Lapeer Pediatrics

Board Certified Pediatricians located in Lapeer, MI

Protecting your children from disease is one of the most important things that you can do as a parent. The team at Lapeer Pediatrics, led by Mohammad Al-Harastani, MD, FAAP, and Sami Al-Harastani, MD, in Lapeer, Michigan, takes great care to ensure that their patients receive all of the recommended vaccinations at the appropriate time. To learn more, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment.


What are vaccinations?

A number of serious diseases have caused widespread health problems in the world throughout history. Today, vaccines serve the important role of preventing these diseases, helping to ensure everyone’s health.

A vaccine is an injection containing a very small amount of a weakened virus that could otherwise cause illness. When injected with the weakened strain of the virus, the body’s immune system reacts by building antibodies to the virus, enhancing your immunity to the disease should you ever encounter it.

Who should get immunized?

The proper time for someone to get immunized is when they are a child. Many vaccines are given as a series. The team at Lapeer Pediatrics will work with you to plan a safe and effective schedule for your child’s immunizations.

Common immunizations include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Diphtheria
  • Poliovirus
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • Infleunza
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Meningitis
  • H influenzae type B (HIB)
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis

Speak with the team at Lapeer Pediatrics about which vaccinations are recommended for your child.

What are the common misconceptions or myths about vaccinations?

While vaccines have served to virtually eliminate many serious diseases, some common myths surrounding their use and safety have led some to skip vaccinations.

These myths include:

Vaccines are not necessary since the diseases they protect against are not common anymore

The diseases are uncommon because vaccination has been so successful. However, the viruses that cause the diseases are still out there in the world. An unvaccinated person will most certainly be at risk of contracting one or more of those many life-threatening illnesses. 

My child will achieve better immunized by actually getting the disease

While a person that survives an infection with a serious disease does have protection from that disease in the future, the risks of having the disease far outweigh any benefits should they survive.

Vaccines cause autism

No current evidence suggests that vaccines cause autism. This has been shown by over 500 scientific articles.

Multiple vaccines given at one time can be harmful to my child

The schedule of vaccine administration is designed with strict safety requirements, and no evidence suggests that the current methods are harmful.

Since other children are vaccinated, my child doesn’t need to be

The term “herd immunity” refers to the immunity that comes along with a large portion of society being immunized. For this to be effective, at least 95% of people need to be vaccinated, which might not be the case as more and more parents skip vaccines for their children. It’s much safer to vaccinate your child than to rely on herd immunity.

Disease rates have dropped because of better hygiene, not vaccinations

While living conditions have improved, the only real decreases in vaccine-preventable diseases have occurred after the introduction of a vaccine that prevents the disease.

Vaccines are safer when given one at a time

Some parents decide to “spread out” the time during which their child receives vaccinations, because they are unsure of the consequences of doing them all at once. There is no scientific evidence to support this approach, and has actually been demonstrated to put your child at risk of contracting a preventable disease.

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To learn more about immunizations, call Lapeer Pediatrics or go online today to schedule your appointment. 

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