By Noah Makovsky, MD
August is National Immunization Awareness Month; however, we believe that educating our families about the importance of immunizations is a priority every day of the year. At Stapleton Pediatrics, we do our very best to thoughtfully share our expertise regarding immunizations with our families to ensure they have the latest research-based facts to navigate the sometimes confusing world of immunizations. We are aware of the immense and often conflicting vaccine information found on the Internet, so we help you sift through this somewhat overwhelming mountain of information in order to help you feel more comfortable and confident as you make healthcare decisions for your children.
Immunizations are Safe and Essential
Simply put, immunizations save lives and are extremely safe. In fact, one could argue that vaccines are the most important medical advancement over the past century (certainly pediatricians think so!). Although parents often worry about possible vaccine reactions, it is vital to know that the most common reactions are low grade fever, fussiness and mild redness or swelling at the injection site. If any of these minor reactions occur, they typically resolve within 24-48 hours, and a dose or two of Tylenol generally takes care of the issue. Of course, prior to receiving any vaccines in our office, our providers will always discuss the purpose of the vaccines and address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the immunizations. We always want you to feel comfortable with your children’s vaccinations, so please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us at anytime.
Timing is Everything
We do follow the recommended vaccine schedule endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Based on significant research, this schedule has proven to be the most effective in protecting infants, children and teens from vaccine preventable diseases. Please click here to view the recommended immunization schedule
, and let us know if you have questions.
The Flu Shot
Hard to believe, but it’s that time of the year again! We recommend that everyone over the age of six months receive the flu vaccine. It is one of the most common vaccines, yet it’s also one of the most misunderstood. To review information regarding the flu vaccine, please visit Dr. Brandon’s recent blog post: “Flu Shot Myths and Facts.”
Stapleton Peds will once again hold flu clinics this fall for both patients and parents; and remember, we can even bill insurance for parent’s flu shots. We will be posting clinic dates and times soon!
Once again, we are always willing to discuss any questions or concerns regarding vaccines. Feel free to contact us
Sources and for more information: AAP