You know that frequent hand-washing, taking vitamins, and getting plenty of rest helps to protect yourself and your family from getting sick, but what if a simple visit to Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, Michigan could give your children immunity from over a dozen serious illnesses? By staying current on their vaccinations, this is completely possible! Here's how immunizations help your child get a healthy start.
What do immunizations do?
Vaccines from your West Bloomfield pediatrician contain compounds from the germs that cause specific illnesses; the polio vaccine, for example, contains the polio virus. But to keep you from actually contracting the diseases, these germs have been killed or "stunned." Your immune system still recognizes them as a threat to your health, however, and begins to make antibodies, which are germ-fighting proteins in the blood. This way, any exposure you may have to the "real thing" ensures that you won't get sick.
Why is it important to follow the recommended vaccination schedule?
It can feel overwhelming, especially for first-time parents, to see all the vaccinations that are recommended for your children during their first two years of life. However, we suggest thinking about the number in a different way—that series of immunizations protects your children from 14 different illnesses, some of which are life-threatening. The schedule of immunizations and boosters has been carefully designed and reviewed by experts in the field; it works with the natural rhythm of the immune system and offers the best chance for protection against preventable diseases. Delaying or altering that schedule can put your child at risk for acquiring an illness, such as measles or pertussis, that they haven't been immunized against yet.
To schedule an appointment with one of our caring pediatric staff, contact Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, Michigan today!