Receiving vaccinations is one of the best ways to prevent your child from contracting a serious, even life-threatening, illness or disease. At All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, the expert pediatric team offer a wide array of vaccines to meet the needs of babies, children, teenagers, and young adults. Schedule an appointment with All About Children Pediatrics by phone or online to find out which vaccines are right for your child.
Vaccines are weakened or dead germs your child’s pediatrician can inject to reduce the risk of contracting illnesses and diseases. Vaccines help the body develop immunity to diseases so it can combat them during future exposure. Without vaccines, your child would have to contract an illness, such as chickenpox, to become immune to it.
Common vaccines offered in the United States include:
Your pediatrician works with you and your child to determine which vaccines best match their needs, age, and lifestyle.
The timing of vaccines is based on your child’s age and your preference. Your pediatrician may recommend using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine schedule, or developing a personalized vaccination schedule you feel comfortable with.
Vaccines are available beginning at birth. Your child may require additional vaccines every few months during the first two years of life, again before starting kindergarten, and as they age. The flu shot is available every year at All About Children Pediatrics for babies, children, and teenagers.
Vaccines are available during child wellness exams or upon request. Your All About Children Pediatrics provider lets you know if your child is due for a vaccine, but it’s your choice. During vaccine injections, your pediatrician quickly injects live or dead viruses into your child’s arm or leg. The procedure is quick, though your child might feel a slight pinch.
After vaccine administration, you may notice temporary redness or swelling at the injection site. Some vaccines may cause a mild fever or fatigue. Allow your child to take it easy the rest of the day if necessary. Your doctor can give you a copy of your child’s vaccinations for your records or your child’s school.
If you’d like to be proactive about your child’s health and wellness by reducing their risk of contracting a disease, schedule an appointment over the phone or online with All About Children Pediatrics.