Early childhood immunizations are critical. At Sunrise, we make sure your child is appropriately immunized based on national standards, and the Academy of American Pediatrics suggested vaccination schedules. Vaccines help protect against many diseases, which in the past threatened the health and lives of children and adults. Today these vaccines work to ‘train’ your body to resist the dangerous bacteria and virus that can invade our bodies.
Available vaccines protect against a wide range of diseases and are generally given to maximize their benefits according to a delivery schedule developed by the Centers for Disease Control. Some vaccines begin before the baby leaves the hospital, while others are given at various times as the child grows. Your pediatrician at Sunrise Pediatrics will evaluate your child and discuss with you the recommended schedule for your child or children. Many children receive the following vaccines during their first two months:
- Hepatitis B (two shots)
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Whooping Cough (DTaP shot)
- Influenza Type B
In addition to these early vaccines, other immunizations are given as the child grows and matures. Necessary vaccines are given at various stages in the child’s growth to protect against the following:
Every child’s immunization schedule may differ slightly depending on factors such as the child’s medical history, growth, travel history or plans, exposure to various disease agents, and costs.
A Word About Vaccines
In years past, before the development of modern vaccines, most children contracted one or more illnesses, which were considered ‘childhood diseases.’ This included measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, or, the much more severe, polio or lockjaw. Tens of thousands of individuals were hospitalized and thousands died.
Today’s vaccines are subjected to stringent testing that takes years to complete to verify their safety. The side effects, if any, of today’s vaccines are mild compared to the diseases they prevent. The CDC maintains strict monitoring of vaccines and the diseases involved and have developed recommendations for medical professionals and families. At Sunrise we are here to answer your questions about vaccines and are dedicated to seeing that your family has the finest pediatric health care available.
YOU CAN COUNT ON SUNRISE PEDIATRIC CLINICS TO PROVIDE YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN THE VERY BEST IN PEDIATRIC CARE.
Our commitment is always to be there to help you and your child grow and prosper, and to guide you every step of the way. We pride ourselves in providing the highest levels of pediatric care for your child. If you are a first-time parent, having a high-risk pregnancy or have specific questions, a visit before your baby is born may be helpful.
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