Palisades Pediatrics LLP
Board Certified Pediatrician & Integrative Health Care located in New City, NY
You’re not alone if you have questions or concerns about your child’s vaccinations. Vaccinations offer protection against specific contagious diseases. At Palisades Pediatrics LLP in New City, New York, experienced physician Dr. Evelyn Ha, MD, FAAP, can answer all of your questions and provide vaccinations your child needs to protect them from getting vaccine-preventable diseases. To learn more about vaccinations, call the office or request an appointment online today.
What are vaccinations?
Vaccinations are injections or oral agents that improve your immune system's reaction to specific contagious diseases to prevent you from getting sick from those diseases.
Vaccines contain either an inactive or small amount of a virus or bacteria. When introduced into your body, it stimulates your immune system to develop antibodies to fight off and kill the virus or bacteria.
Your body then creates a memory of the virus or bacteria and creates antibodies so when you come in contact with it again, your body can fight the virus or bacteria off before it has a chance to take hold and make you sick.
Dr. Ha takes a preventive approach to health care and offers vaccinations to her young patients to protect them from getting sick after discussing the benefits and potential adverse side effects of the individual vaccine to be administered with parents.
What types of vaccinations does my child need?
In general, the vaccinations your child needs include:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis
- Haemophilus influenzae type B
- Pneumococcal conjugate
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Human papillomavirus
- Meningococcal A, C, Y
- Meningococcal B
Dr. Ha understands that some parents may be hesitant to follow the routine immunization schedule recommended in the United States and welcomes an educated discussion to address any concerns. For additional information, please refer to immunize.org for updated information regarding each vaccine.
Are vaccinations safe?
Yes, vaccinations are safe. Before a vaccine is offered to the general public, it undergoes years of testing for safety.
While it’s possible for your child to have a mild reaction after their vaccination, usually swelling and pain at the injection site, these side effects are significantly more tolerable than the symptoms you would experience if you got sick.
In addition to protecting your child from getting sick, vaccinations also protect the most vulnerable in your community. Not everyone can get vaccines due to underlying health issues.
If the majority of people within a community are protected against infectious diseases, it may prevent the spreading of the virus or bacteria and protect those who can’t get vaccinated.
To schedule an appointment to update your child’s vaccinations so they don’t get sick, contact Palisades Pediatrics by phone or request an appointment online today.