It’s important that children get vaccinated-get their “shots”-so they don’t get childhood diseases. Your child can be vaccinated at the doctor’s office or at any of your local health department. Always ask the doctor to give you a list of the shots your child has received. Keep this list so that you have records for school, and so you’ll know if your child needs more shots.
Vaccines are available today to protect your child against: Serious Diseases!!
In most of the United States, many of these vaccinations are required for school or day care. The first shots for most of these illnesses should be given when the child is still a baby. This is important because most of the diseases these vaccines protect your child against can be serious or even deadly.
Like any medicine, vaccines carry a small risk of serious harm such as a severe allergic reaction. But side effects from shots are usually mild and last only a short time. Some children have no side effects at all. None of the possible side effects should keep your child from getting shots unless your doctor says so.
Be sure to tell your doctor if anyone in your immediate family has ever had a bad reaction to a vaccine, and ask if there are certain conditions under which vaccination is not recommended. Also talk to your doctor about whether certain reactions to vaccines can be controlled, such as by giving your child acetaminophen before or after vaccination.
Here are common vaccinations your child needs, the recommended age to get them, and possible side effects:
Protects against: diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis), and tetanus. The vaccines against these three diseases are combined in a single shot.
Diphtheria is a serious infection of the throat, mouth, and nose, which can lead to suffocation, pneumonia, heart failure, and paralysis.
A child who catches whooping cough develops a bad cough that sounds like a “whoop.” The severe coughing can interfere with eating, drinking, and breathing. Whooping cough can be life-threatening, especially in children younger than 1.
Tetanus is caused by germs in dirt and rusty metal that get into the body through a cut. Tetanus attacks the jaw muscles first, often causing lockjaw. It can also affect the muscles used to breathe. It causes death in 3 out of 10 people who get it.
Ages to get vaccine: Shot is given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 15-18 months, with a booster given between the ages of 4 and 6 years. After that, everyone should get a tetanus booster every 10 years throughout life.
Possible side effects include: Fever, soreness where shot is given, irritability. In rare cases, the shot can cause very high fever and convulsions.
For more information about what vaccinations are available…please contact your child’s physician.
I wanted to write about this because earlier this week as I was in my doctors office I over heard a mom stating that she had just had a little baby girl not to long ago and had not gotten her Immunizations shots yet……she stated that she felt they would do the child more harm then good.
Well as a life long Professional Health Care Provider my ear’s just couldn’t believe what they were hearing. She mention about her child getting Autism from the shots along with many other medical problems…..as a professional health-care retiree I just mention to her to just take a moment to speak with her child’s physician about her fears and to do a lot of reading….. I also let her know that there are currently no biological tests to confirm a diagnosis of autism. Identification of the condition is at present based solely on observed behaviours.
Sometimes as parents we can allow fear to take over us which sometimes allows us to make wrong decisions for our children.
As a mom …..WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IMMUNIZATION? SHOULD A CHILD HAVE THEM OR NOT?
Well thanks for reading…until next time: God Bless!! 🙂