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Children can be protected from many serious illnesses and diseases through vaccination. Vaccines prevent illness and disease by helping kids develop immunity. Vaccines have undergone years of rigorous scientific and medical testing and are a safe and effective way to protect your kids. The experienced and caring providers at Orchard Pediatrics can ensure your children are up to date with their immunizations at our office in West Bloomfield, MI, where we also serve the Commerce Township and Farmington Hills areas.
Importance of Vaccination & Immunization
There are several reasons why childhood vaccination and immunizations are important. A primary reason is that vaccines help children develop immunity to various illnesses and diseases, many of which can be life-threatening. Not only does immunization prevent kids from contracting certain diseases or illnesses, but it also keeps them from passing them on to others. When potentially deadly diseases are unable to spread, they can ultimately be eradicated, as was the case with Smallpox.
Immunization is also important for protecting kids who cannot be vaccinated due to pre-existing health conditions or a weakened immune system. For example, children receiving chemotherapy cannot be vaccinated because their immune systems are not strong enough, which puts them at an increased risk for contracting other illnesses or diseases. However, these kids are protected when others around them have developed immunity through vaccination.
The providers at our office in West Bloomfield, MI, follow the immunization schedules recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that was developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There are three immunization schedules. The first outlines the recommended vaccines and doses for children ages 0-6 years old. The second schedule provides immunization guidelines for kids ages 7-18 years old. The third is a catch-up schedule for youth who begin vaccinations late or who are more than one month behind the recommended schedule.
Immunizations are an extremely safe and effective way to protect kids from serious illness and disease. Our knowledgeable and caring pediatric professionals can help keep your children up to date with their immunizations. Call Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, also serving Commerce Township and Farmington Hills, at (248) 855-7510 to schedule an immunization appointment.
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!