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Do you know if your child has received all of the immunizations recommended for his or her age? Immunizations protect your child from a variety of illnesses that can cause very serious health consequences. Your Kennesaw, GA, pediatrician, Dr. Kolo Ologunja, discusses the vaccines every child should receive.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines are designed to trick your child's body into producing antibodies against a disease that he or she never actually had. Very weak or killed germs are injected into the body when your child is immunized. Although these germs are so weak that they won't make your child sick, his or her immune system doesn't realize that. It treats the germs as a threat and makes antibodies to fight them. Should your child ever be exposed to the disease in the future, the immune system will recognize the germs and immediately produce antibodies that will protect your son or daughter from becoming ill.
Are all immunizations really needed today?
Most of us don't know anyone in Kennesaw who has actually had polio, yet just 65 years ago, people were dying or becoming permanently disabled as a result of contracting the disease. The polio vaccine quickly stopped the spread of the disease and made it virtually nonexistent today.
Unfortunately, if we don't continue to immunize children against common diseases, the illnesses can make a comeback. When some parents decided to forego whooping cough (pertussis) immunizations in the past few years, the incidence of the disease began to rise. Immunizations not only safeguard your son or daughter's health, but also help protect other children who can't get the vaccines because they're not old enough or have certain health conditions.
Which immunizations are needed?
Immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- MMR (Measles, mumps and rubella)
- DTaP (Diptheria, tetanus and pertussis)
- HiB (Haemophilus influenza type B
- HBV (Hepatitis B
- Pneumococcal (Pneumonia, blood infections and meningitis)
The recommended schedule for each immunization varies based on your child's age, health and prior immunizations.
Help your child avoid childhood illnesses and diseases with immunizations. Call our Kennesaw, GA, pediatrician, Dr. Ologunja, at (770) 966-0778 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.
You do everything you can to keep your children from getting sick: give them vitamins, wash their hands, keep them away from others who have the cold or flu. One of the best decisions you can make for your child's health is to keep them current on their vaccination schedule. At Spectrum Pediatric Group in Kennesaw, GA, Dr. Kola Ologunja and his medical staff have the experience necessary to make sure your child has received the proper vaccinations. The typical schedule is outlined here.
At two months of age, your pediatrician recommends bringing your child to Spectrum Pediatric Group to receive following vaccinations:
- DTaP: Protects against diptheria, tetanus and pertussis. In recent years, pertussis or whooping cough, has been on the rise, making this vaccine very important for infants.
- HiB: Protects against dangerous bacterial infections like meningitis and pneumonia.
- IVP: Protects against poliomyelitis, a virus that attacks the spinal cord and causes paralysis. Although it is extremely rare in America due to the vaccine, the increase in world travel makes the vaccine a necessary precaution.
- PCV/PPSV: Protects against pneumococcal bacteria, which can cause several different illnesses from middle ear infections to blood stream infections.
- RV: Protects against rotavirus, a severe infection of the digestive tract.
At four months and six months, most of these vaccines require boosters. Once your child is six months old, they can receive the annual flu vaccine to help prevent severe respiratory illness. Between one and two years, the MMR vaccine can be given; this prevents measles (a respiratory illness causing an all-over rash), mumps (an infection of the salivary glands) and rubella (also known as German measles; causes an illness with a rash that is very dangerous to pregnant women). More boosters may be required during infancy and the toddler years; talk to your Kennesaw pediatrician.
Between ages 4 and 6, your child should receive boosters of DTaP, MMR and IPV. The varicella vaccine is also given to prevent chicken pox, a contagious virus that causes a high fever and itchy blisters all over the body.
Adolescents and teens
A tetanus/diptheria/pertussis booster is the last of the childhood vaccines that your child will receive, usually between the ages of 11 and 12. During this time and between the ages of 16 and 18, your pediatrician will also recommend receiving vaccinations that prevent different types of meningitis, which is a severe infection of the fluids that surround the brain and spinal cord.
Keeping your children healthy is your number one priority, and choosing a pediatrician is part of that process. We here at Spectrum Pediatric Group in Kennesaw, GA want to work with you to prevent your children from experiencing major illnesses. Give us a call to update your child's vaccination record today!
Find out why your child should never skip out on immunizations.
Parents will agree: their child’s health is of the utmost importance. And anytime you can protect them from illness you would, wouldn’t you? That’s why you should make sure your child sees their Kennesaw, GA pediatrician, Dr. Kola Ologunja, routinely as they develop to ensure that they are protected from some of the preventable but life-threatening diseases that still exist.
It’s always better to prevent disease than to treat it. This is why immunizations for your little one are so important. Here are only some of the reasons why your child should be getting vaccinated regularly:
Protect Your Child From Disease
This is probably obvious, but vaccines are a great way to help a child build immunity to certain life-threatening diseases. When a child is first infected with a virus, the immune system creates antibiotics to help fight the infection. Unfortunately, the immune system doesn’t always work as fast as it needs to and a child becomes ill. However, the immune system will now remember that specific virus and know how to attack it faster in the future. Vaccines are the best way to help a child build immunity to a disease safely.
As your Kennesaw children’s doctor will tell you a vaccine contains the antigens (also referred to as “foreign invaders”) of a disease, but they are either killed or weakened enough that they won’t actually produce the disease. But a vaccine will cause your child’s immune system to still produce the antibodies needed to buildup immunity to that specific virus. Therefore, the child develops the protection they need to stay healthy without ever needing to be sick.
Protect The Community
By immunizing your child, you are also helping to protect the community’s health, particularly those who cannot be immunized against certain illnesses. Often times, children are too young to be vaccinated for certain disease or there are certain medical conditions that prevent someone from immunizations. By making sure your child is up-to-date on their vaccines, not only will you keep your child healthy but you’ll also be doing your part to make sure that everyone in your family and in the community remain healthy, too.
Whether your child is dealing with the flu or needs to schedule their next immunization turn to your Kennesaw, GA children's doctor at Spectrum Pediatric Groups for all of your child’s health concerns. Call our office today.