What Immunizations Do for Your Child
Immunizations offer important safeguards that protect your child's health. The life-saving shots ensure that your kids don't develop illnesses that once devastated young lives. Child immunizations are just one of the services offered by your Austin, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Peter Kangos of Kangos Pediatrics.
How do immunizations protect my children?
Immunizations prevent your child from becoming sick when exposed to the germs that cause contagious diseases. Vaccines contain a very weak or killed version of the germ responsible for causing the particular disease. The immunization won't cause your child to develop the disease—instead, it will trigger the production of antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that attack and kill bacteria and viruses.
After the immunization activates the antibodies, your child will become immune to the disease. If they are then exposed to the illness, the antibodies will quickly kill the germs, preventing them from becoming sick.
Are all immunizations really necessary?
Some parents wonder if their children really need to receive immunizations for common childhood diseases, such as chickenpox or measles. In addition to making children very uncomfortable, these diseases can cause a variety of health problems, including hearing loss, pneumonia, brain inflammation, or even death.
The state of Washington recently declared a state of emergency due to an outbreak of measles. Whooping cough cases have also been rising due to a decrease in immunizations. When the majority of children are immunized, these diseases can't flourish. Child immunizations offered by your Austin pediatrician provide a simple way to protect your both child and other children, particularly those who are too young yet to be immunized or those who can't be vaccinated due to health issues.
What immunizations should my child receive?
Recommended immunizations and vaccines include:
- HBV: Hepatitis B
- DTaP: diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough
- MMR: Measles, mumps, and rubella
- HiB: Haemophilus influenza type b
- Varicella: chickenpox vaccine
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine: Protection from pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections
- Polio: Although polio has been eradicated in the U.S., it still sickens people in a few countries in the world.
Child immunizations protect your son or daughter's health. Call your Austin, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Peter Kangos of Kangos Pediatrics, at (512) 250-1997 to schedule an appointment for your child's immunizations.