Vaccines offer your child safe, long-term protection against many diseases, including polio, measles, mumps, and hepatitis. The Northeast Pediatric Associates PA team provides vaccines for children of all ages in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Vaccines are available at all Northeast Pediatric Associates PA offices in San Antonio, Castroville, and Schertz, Texas. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online to find out what vaccines your child needs.
Vaccines protect your child from many serious diseases, including:
Vaccination against conditions that could be life-threatening or have long-term adverse effects is one of the best ways of protecting your child’s health.
Vaccines use your child’s immune system to build a defense against certain infections. When a bacteria or virus enters their body, your child’s immune system identifies the threat, and their white blood cells begin to produce antibodies.
Antibodies match specific diseases, latching onto the virus or bacteria and destroying it. The immune system stores the information about the antibodies it creates. If the same organism tries to infect your child, it can produce the correct antibodies immediately.
In many cases, once you’ve had a disease, you won’t get it again because your immune system produces the right antibodies even after many years. Vaccines reproduce this effect artificially, priming your immune system to produce antibodies even though your child hasn’t been infected.
Vaccines contain a safe version of the organism that causes a particular disease. The virus or bacteria might be dead or weakened so much it can’t cause any harm. Some vaccines use deactivated toxins taken from the organism.
New vaccines, like some of those that protect you against COVID-19, use a different approach. These mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccines give your cells instructions to make a protein (or part of a protein) that triggers the immune response and creates antibodies.
Your child’s pediatrician can advise you about when your child should be vaccinated and the vaccines they need. Northeast Pediatric Associates PA follows the guidelines of the CDC and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
The first vaccine your child has is against hepatitis B. This jab is given within 12 hours of birth as a routine part of newborn care. Most other vaccines are given in the first few years of life, with some, like the HPV vaccine, given after age 9.
Vaccines offer a safe, effective way of protecting your child from severe illness and death. To make sure your child is up-to-date with their vaccines, call Northeast Pediatric Associates PA today or book an appointment online.