What You Need to Know about Children’s Immunizations

Immunizations save lives. They are especially important for children because a child’s immune system is not as strong as that of an adult. Dr. Jeff Couchman, Dr. Susan McMahon, and Dr. Nicole Abdy at Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ, provides a wide range of children’s medical services, including immunizations, to protect your child's health.

What You Need to Know about Children’s Immunizations

There is a lot of misinformation about immunizations on the internet, so it’s only natural to be a bit confused and have questions. These are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about children’s vaccinations:

Why Do Children Need To Be Immunized?

Immunizations protect your child from serious and contagious illnesses and diseases. They are also required for your child to attend daycare and school.

How Effective Are Immunizations?

Immunizations are the most effective way to guard against illness and disease. In fact, immunizations boast a success rate of 90-99% in preventing contagious, infectious, and serious diseases.

How Safe Are Immunizations?

You can be assured immunizations are safe because they have been rigorously tested in clinical trials before being released for public use. They must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Which Immunizations Does My Child Need?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides a list of required vaccinations from birth to 18 years old. These include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Meningococcal conjugate
  • Flu

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Want to Know More?

To find out more about the importance of immunizations and how they can protect your child, call Dr. Couchman, Dr. McMahon, or Dr. Abdy at Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ. You can reach them in the office by calling (520) 648-5437, so call today.

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