Pediatricians protect children from dangerous diseases

Pediatricians provide vaccination and immunization to children, especially children of a young age. A vaccination is the best way to protect your child from many dangerous diseases. Vaccines prevent dangerous diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, rotavirus, hepatitis B, measles, rubella, mumps, chickenpox, pneumococcal disease, meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV).

What vaccines do children doctors recommend?

Pediatricians recommend different vaccines for young children. When your child receives the vaccine depends on where you live. Pediatricians administer vaccines based on the recommendation of the CDC.  Here are the current recommendations from the Center for disease control and prevention (CDC).

  • The 5-in-1 or 6-in-1 vaccine (also known as DCTP-Hib), DCT-polio vaccine or Hib vaccine protect against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio and Hib.
  • The rotavirus vaccine protects infants against rotavirus, the leading cause of heavy diarrhea in babies and young children.
  • The pneumococcal vaccine protects against infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, including meningitis (an infection of the brain), pneumonia, and ear infections (ear infections).
  • The meningococcal vaccine protects against diseases caused by meningococcal bacteria, including meningitis and septicemia, a serious infection of the blood.
  • The MMR vaccine protects against measles, rubella and mumps.
  • The chickenpox vaccine protects against chickenpox, a very unpleasant and sometimes serious infection.
  • The hepatitis B vaccine protects against hepatitis B, a serious liver infection.
  • The dTca vaccine protects adolescents against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.
  • The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause cancer of the cervical

If your child has a chronic health condition, he may need other vaccines to protect him from infections that healthy children tolerate well. If his chronic condition affects his immune system, some vaccines may need to be postponed, and some may not be given. So, you need to ask your doctor.

Should my child receive other vaccines?

CDC recommends that all children over 6 months of age be vaccinated against influenza annually. The vaccine is particularly important for children under the age of 5, and for those with chronic illnesses, as they are very vulnerable to complications from the flu.  You should also find out about the vaccines that can protect your child if you are traveling.

How can I minimize the pain?

Children are very tender and have a very low threshold for pain, the process of administering the vaccines can be painful for them. Here are some tips to reduce the pain they may feel.

  • Apply anesthetic (a cream that causes temporary numbness) an hour before the vaccination. You will need to ask the doctor where he will give the vaccine (for example, your arm or leg). Your pharmacist will help you find the cream you will need.
  • Breastfeed your baby while he is vaccinated or give him baby sugar water (using a teaspoon or pacifier) ​​just before the bite.
  • Distract him (blow bubbles, read a book), make him take deep breaths, suggest he stay calm and comfort him (by cuddling or holding his hand) during the vaccination.

Pediatricians in Gastonia NC will vaccinate your child

The diseases prevented by vaccines given to infants and children are serious and sometimes even fatal. Measles can affect the brain, cause damage to it, and kill your child. Mumps can cause permanent deafness. Polio can cause paralysis. Unfortunately, these diseases have not disappeared. There is no treatment for diseases like measles, polio, and tetanus, and there is no way to cure them after your child has them. There is only one way to protect your child: vaccination.

Every year, Gastonia Pediatrics Associates help vaccinate children every year. Our pediatricians provide optimal care while administering the vaccines.  Schedule an appointment with our pediatrician today to vaccinate your child. Gastonia Pediatric Associates, your Gastonia area pediatricians, offers top-quality pediatric care.