Why Immunizations Are Important

Vaccines are certainly important, but with so much information surrounding them, it's easy to become overwhelmed. So if you would like to learn more about immunizations the best place to turn to is with the professionals you already trust with your child's health, your pediatricians, Dr. Jeff Couchman, Dr. Susan McMahon, and Dr. Nicole Abdy of Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ.

Immune System

One of the most commonly asked questions regarding the importance of vaccines is, isn't the immune system enough?

It's true that the immune system is highly capable and efficient at keeping pathogens from causing serious harm. But there are times that it can become overwhelmed, especially when it's dealing with pathogens that it doesn't know how to combat. Immunizations help augment the immune system by introducing it to either a dead or weakened version of a pathogen so that when it encounters the real thing it will be prepared to fight it.

Besides boosting the immune system and helping reduce dangerous complications, another benefit of vaccines is that they help protect not just your child but children everywhere. Thanks to vaccines becoming commonplace, they reduce the chances of someone who is more susceptible to a specific disease from coming in contact with it. Thanks to immunizations many diseases that were once so prevalent have been nearly eradicated.

Immunizations in Tucson, AZ

An immunization schedule provides a timeline for children to receive different vaccines to maximize their effectiveness. The recommended schedule is always available on the CDC website, although it can be difficult for you to keep track of all this information on your own. Thankfully, your child's doctor can not only maintain these records but also provide these immunizations, typically during one of the recommended checkups.

To get your child caught up on their immunization schedule you can schedule a visit with Dr. Couchman, Dr. McMahon, and Dr. Abdy of Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ, by dialing (520) 648-5437.

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