Vaccines are a way that you can protect the long-term health of your child, as well as the health of the community around them. David Larson, MD, FAAP, of Heber Valley Pediatrics offers newborn, childhood, and annual vaccines for children of Heber City, Utah. To schedule your child for vaccinations, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Vaccines are an essential part of protecting your child's health and protecting the health of the greater community around them. Vaccination is a process that utilizes the body's natural ability to build immunity against the disease to which it has been exposed.
A vaccine works by training the immune system to recognize and combat infectious disease. To do this, certain molecules (called antigens) are introduced into the body. This allows the body it to safely learn to recognize them and be able to quickly fight off any future exposure. When and if they are exposed later in life, they either don't get infected, or their symptoms are milder than with the full-blown disease.
Some vaccines offer a lifetime of immunity after just one dose, while others need repeating. The flu shot is an example of a vaccine that is given annually and only protects against influenza for one year. Some vaccines, like hepatitis, require a series of doses for total immunization.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that vaccination begins at birth so that children can build immunity against diseases before they are likely to be exposed.
Vaccination not only prevents your child from getting infectious diseases, but also prevents the spread of these diseases, which are often dangerous or fatal for children and others. Diseases like chickenpox, measles, rubella, and whooping cough are highly contagious and may cause severe reactions or death in children and other vulnerable populations. It is for this reason that most schools require vaccinations before children can be enrolled in classes.
According to the CDC, children from birth to six years of age should receive vaccines for:
The CDC also recommends that children between the ages of 11 and 12 receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal vaccines.
The team at Heber Valley Pediatrics offers all CDC-recommended newborn and childhood vaccines. They’re knowledgeable about the risks and benefits of vaccinations and can answer any questions you have regarding your child's immunization schedule.
To receive vaccinations as part of excellent newborn care, for school prep, or overall childhood wellness, call the office or schedule an appointment online at Heber Valley Pediatrics today.