Parents strive to do anything and everything possible to ensure that their kids are in good health and sufficiently protected from preventable illnesses. Receiving timely and complete immunizations or vaccines is among the most effective ways to do just that. When you come in for your consultation here at Franklin Pediatrics, S.C., in Moline, IL, Dr. Nafees Khan or Dr. David Bunker will discuss which vaccinations your children need to ensure their health. In the meantime, here is a quick FAQ rundown on vaccines:
How Do Vaccines Work Exactly?
Basically, they work by preparing your body to combat certain diseases. Your body this by practicing how to fight off diseases by producing antibodies capable of recognizing components of the disease’s germ. Due to this enduring and permanent response, if you become exposed to the disease, your body will already how to fight it because it already has the antibodies needed to stop the disease in its track. This is what’s known as immunity.
How Safe are Vaccines?
The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research under the FDA regulates all vaccinations in the U.S. They work together with the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and continuously research, update, and keep track of vaccines’ effectiveness and safety. Additionally, new vaccines will only be made available following thorough and extensive clinical studies and trials. Plus, safety monitoring will continue even after vaccines have been approved.
Do I Need to Vaccinate My Children Even If They’re Healthy?
Since immunizations function by safeguarding the body prior to disease even striking, waiting to vaccinate until your children are sick would be too late. Your pediatrician in Moline, IL, will also need to follow a carefully planned immunization schedule to ensure maximum protection for your child.
Is it Safe for My Baby to Receive Multiple Immunizations at One Time?
Almost all babies are born with strong immune systems so their bodies are capable of dealing with more germs than what they stand to receive from multiple vaccines. In some cases, babies may experience a mild rash or fever and some pain at the injection site, but the health risks related to the diseases they prevent won’t occur just because your baby received multiple vaccines at once.
Want to Learn More About Vaccines?
Call Franklin Pediatrics, S.C. at (309) 762-0777 to arrange your appointment with one of our pediatricians, Dr. Nafees Khan or Dr. David Bunker.