Children will undoubtedly get sick from time to time, but they shouldn’t have to face a serious disease. Many highly effective vaccines exist for helping your child build immunity to some of the most serious and deadly diseases, including polio, the measles, and both Hepatitis A and B. The highly trained and skilled providers at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield follow the immunizations schedules developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We can help you keep up with your child’s immunizations.
Importance of Immunization
Immunization is extremely important for the health of your child. The vaccines that provide immunization protect your child and others from harmful diseases. As children build up immunity, their bodies will be resistant to any diseases they have been vaccinated against.
In addition to protecting your own child, immunization also protects other children who cannot be vaccinated. For example, children with certain health conditions or who are undergoing chemotherapy have a weak immune system are unable to be vaccinated. However, these children are still protected when everyone around them has immunity to certain diseases. Immunity prevents others from being carriers of a disease and passing it on to unvaccinated children with weak immune systems.
Immunization is also beneficial because it has the potential to eradicate a deadly disease and protect future generations, such as your children’s children. This can be observed in the case of smallpox, which was once a deadly disease. Years of vaccination led to widespread immunity from the disease so that it was eventually wiped out, which means current and future generations are protected from contracting it. Eradication of other diseases could potentially occur with continued vaccination.
The AAP has developed several immunization schedules that specify when certain vaccines should be administered to children. Some vaccinations require multiple doses, which are indicated on the AAP schedules. The majority of vaccinations can be completed from birth through the time a child starts school, with a few follow up doses needed around the start of adolescence.
The AAP has developed an immunization schedule for birth to six years of age, as well as one for youth between the ages of seven and 18 years. A third catch-up schedule is also available for children who start the vaccination schedule late or who have fallen more than one month behind schedule. The experienced providers at our pediatric practice in West Bloomfield can help you keep up with immunizations for your child.
Keeping up with your child’s immunization schedules is the best way to protect them from a variety of harmful diseases. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable doctors to discuss your child’s immunizations by calling Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield at (248) 855-7510.