New Beginnings Pediatrics
Pediatrics located in Glendale, AZ
Following the recommended vaccination schedule gives you some peace of mind about your child’s health throughout life. At New Beginnings Pediatrics in Glendale, Arizona, Aashima Bansal, MD, prioritizes vaccinations as part of preventive care for all children. To learn more about vaccines and the serious diseases they prevent, call New Beginnings Pediatrics, or book an appointment online today.
Vaccinations Q & A
What are vaccinations?
Vaccinations play a crucial role in preventing your child from getting severe illnesses. Some of these illnesses once threatened the lives of many people but are now nearly eradicated thanks to the development of vaccines.
Vaccines work by introducing proteins or inactive versions of certain germs like bacteria and viruses to your immune system before the illness has a chance to infect you. They give your immune system the opportunity to learn to recognize the illness so it can prepare and protect you in the future. In this way, you build immunity to those diseases.
Although vaccines have pushed certain diseases to near extinction, you should be sure that your child still gets the vaccines for them. While rare, these diseases can still spread among the population.
Which vaccinations are available today?
Modern medicine offers numerous vaccines that your child gets on a schedule starting shortly after birth. Some vaccinations require more than one dose or boost, and Dr. Bansal can make sure you’re staying on track with all of the initial doses and boosts your child’s needs throughout childhood and adolescence.
A few of the many diseases which have vaccines are:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Measles, mumps, and rubella
- Whooping cough
- Human papilloma virus
While most vaccines require at least two doses to protect you for the rest of your life, others are different. For example, your child may need a flu vaccine once a year because the vaccine changes from year to year.
That happens because there are countless strains of the influenza virus, and experts must find out which of them might be active during each flu season and adjust the vaccine accordingly.
To schedule an appointment and learn more about the vaccinations your child needs, call New Beginnings Pediatrics or book online today.