Vaccinations

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My Kids' Doctor

Pediatrics located in Kissimmee, FL & Lake Nona, FL

You want to do everything you can to keep your children happy and healthy. And getting them the right vaccinations is an important, highly effective step towards that goal. With vaccinations, the dedicated team at My Kids’ Doctor equips your child’s body to fight off a range of serious health conditions. To learn more about this powerful preventive health care tool, call My Kids’ Doctor in Kissimmee or Orlando, Florida. Alternately, you can book a visit to either of their offices online.

Vaccinations Q & A

How do vaccinations work?

When pathogens (viruses, bacteria, or other disease-causing microorganisms) enter your body, your immune system goes to work to fight them off. In many cases, your immune system identifies the pathogen right away. Its fast response keeps you healthy. But there are some diseases that your body needs a helping hand to fight.

Vaccinations work by exposing your child’s body to a specific disease, but in a safe form. Scientists weaken the pathogen before injecting it into the body. This way, the vaccine doesn’t make your child sick. Instead, it teaches the body that pathogen is dangerous. 

At the same time, it primes their body to respond quickly and effectively if it is exposed to that pathogen again. 

Vaccinations are effective in helping the body fend off a wide range of diseases, including:

  • Whooping cough
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Chickenpox
  • The current year’s strain of influenza

Which vaccines does my child need?

Doctors recommend starting a vaccination schedule in infancy. Generally, by the time your son or daughter turns two, they should be vaccinated against:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough
  • Diphtheria
  • Whooping cough
  • Rotavirus
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Pneumococcal bacteria
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella

My Kids’ Doctor also recommends that you start flu shots at six months old and repeat this vaccine annually. 

And your child’s vaccine schedule doesn’t stop in their toddler years. Around age 11, for example, your child should get both a human papillomavirus and a meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Your My Kids’ Doctor practitioner ensures your child or teenager is getting the right vaccinations on the right schedule to protect their health. 

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccinations are extensively tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before they’re introduced to the public. And if any side effects do arise, they’re generally mild. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccines to protect your children’s health. 

If you have any questions about vaccines, their potential side effects, and how they can safeguard your children against life-threatening diseases, don’t hesitate to contact My Kids’ Doctor. Their team is dedicated to helping you help your child stay healthy through proper vaccinations. 

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