Learn more about childhood vaccines and why they are so important.
We are fortunate to live in an age where some of the most dangerous and life-threatening illnesses are no longer a threat to our children thanks in part to the development of life-saving vaccines. As always, it is better to protect your children from diseases than just trying to treat the problem once it appears. Getting the proper vaccines from our Brookfield and Addison, IL, pediatrician Dr. Walter Perez can save lives. Here’s why keeping up-to-date on your child’s vaccines are so important,
Protect Your Child
This is the most obvious benefit of getting routine immunizations for your little one. The first immunization is usually administered the minute your child is born and then you will continue to bring your child in for vaccines and checkups regularly until age 21. Vaccines have eliminated or nearly eliminated many illnesses (e.g. polio) that used to be responsible for serious complications, hospitalizations, disabilities, and even death.
Protect Your Loved Ones
Unfortunately, there are certain preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles that children still develop because they didn’t get the proper vaccines. These diseases can be particularly dangerous to babies, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. By vaccinating your child, you protect your family and loved ones by preventing the spread of disease.
Preventive care of any kind, whether routine checkups with our Brookfield and Addison, IL, pediatrician Dr. Valdez, or getting vaccinated, can all play a role in keeping your child healthy and free from illness. By making sure your child has had all their vaccines you prevent sicknesses that could require invasive treatments, hospitalizations, or even long-term care.
Vaccines are Safe
There are a lot of myths and misinformation out there regarding childhood vaccines. Regardless of what you’ve heard, vaccines are extremely safe. Vaccines can only be administered once they’ve undergone rigorous testing and have been approved by the CDC.
Serious side effects from vaccines are rare and the benefits of getting vaccinated far outweigh the potential drawbacks. The more common side effects from vaccines include redness, swelling, or tenderness at the injection site, which will usually go away within a couple of days.
Whether you have questions about immunizations or you want to talk with our Brookfield and Addison, IL, doctor about your child’s upcoming vaccines, call A to Z Pediatric and Youth Healthcare today at (708) 905-5993 or (630) 757-4010.