Immunizations

Pediatric Associates, Inc. -  - A Private Pediatric Practice

Pediatric Associates, Inc.

A Private Pediatric Practice Offering Preventive and Acute Care for Children located in Fort Wayne, IN

Immunizations are an important way to protect your children from life-threatening illnesses like meningitis, measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, and influenza. At Pediatric Associates, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, our team of pediatricians provides immunizations to children of all ages. If you need to update your child’s immunizations, schedule an appointment today. If you’re interested in learning more about immunizations, call Pediatric Associates Inc., or request an appointment online.

Immunizations Q & A

What are immunizations?

Immunizations are a fundamental component of primary care as they train your child’s body to fight certain illnesses. This lowers your child’s risk of illness and other serious complications if they encounter a harmful virus or bacteria in the future.

It’s important that your children receive immunizations to protect their health and the health of the community. Widespread vaccinations make it less likely that susceptible people, like infants and the elderly, get sick.

How do immunizations work?

A healthy and fully functioning immune system protects your child from harmful pathogens. The immune system contains several types of cells, but for these cells to work as they should, they must recognize that a particular invader is dangerous.

Immunizations teach your child’s body to recognize new diseases. When the immune system recognizes new pathogens, it creates antibodies. Antibodies neutralize pathogens like viruses and bacteria.

Over time, immunizations help the body build an adaptive immune response. This prepares the body to fight back in the event of exposure or infection.

What immunizations does my child need?

Your child should receive immunizations at an early age. However, there’s a specific timeline for each one. 

The first vaccine newborns receive is for Hepatitis B. As your child gets older, they’ll also need immunizations for:

  • Rotavirus (RV)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (DTaP)
  • Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Varicella
  • Meningitis (Menactra, MenB, Trumenba)
  • Human papillomavirus (Gardasil)

Pediatric Associates, Inc. firmly believes in the effectiveness of immunization, which is why patients are required to receive childhood vaccinations.

Are immunizations safe?

Immunizations are safe and usually well-tolerated. Before being released to the general public, immunizations undergo years of testing and review from regulatory bodies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

It’s much riskier to avoid immunizations altogether. If your child isn’t up-to-date on their immunizations and gets sick after exposure to a disease, they’re more likely to experience severe or life-threatening complications.

What if I have questions about immunizations?

If you have questions about immunizations, let your child’s pediatrician know. Pediatric Associates, Inc. is passionate about educating patients and their families on the importance of immunizations and how they work.

To learn more about the benefits of immunizations, schedule an appointment at Pediatric Associates, Inc. Call the office or book a consultation online today.