Keeping your child safe and healthy is your top priority as a parent. At Garland Pediatric Practice, Phani Bodavula, MD, FAAP, and the caring team offer a broad range of vaccines to prevent your child from contracting infectious diseases and illnesses. Vaccinations also keep your family and your community safe from communicable diseases. To learn more, call the office in Garland, Texas, or schedule an appointment online today.
Vaccines are preventive treatments that protect your child against infectious diseases.
A vaccine contains a dead or weakened form of a specific virus or bacteria. When injected into the body, the immune system — your body’s natural defense mechanism — produces proteins called antibodies. These antibodies protect your child if they come in contact with that virus again in the future.
The pediatricians at Garland Pediatric Practice can administer all vaccines that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends to protect children and teens against communicable diseases.
Depending on your child’s age and medical history, the pediatricians at Garland Pediatric Practice may recommend the following vaccines:
Children need a series of vaccines throughout their lives. Your baby receives their first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine immediately after birth. Over the next two months, they receive several more vaccines and continue at regular intervals until around age two. Your pediatrician may recommend returning each year for the annual flu shot.
Most children visit for the first of two HPV shots by age nine. If your child receives this shot later than age 14, they need a series of three injections.
Vaccinations protect your child, their peers, and your community against infectious diseases. In the United States, several once-deadly diseases — polio, smallpox, and the rinderpest virus, to name a few — have been eradicated thanks to vaccines. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that vaccines save about 2-3 million lives each year.
Vaccines undergo rigorous testing before they reach the public to ensure the highest level of safety. Mild symptoms, such as swelling and bruising at the injection site are common. Some children may experience flu-like symptoms from vaccines, but these side effects are minor in comparison to the benefits of being vaccinated.
To learn more about vaccinations, call Garland Pediatric Practice or schedule an appointment online today.