People often joke that kids are germ magnets, prone to touching anything and everything, and not always so diligent about their hygiene. Subsequently, many of the places your child frequents, from schools to parks to museums, pose a risk for catching viruses. In order to keep your child healthy and safe, it's important to keep up with vaccinations.
Fortunately, the pediatricians here at the Kidz Docs in Alexandria, VA, offer the vaccines recommend by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, and can keep your child on schedule for all their necessary vaccines from birth to 18.
Why does my child need immunizations?
Up to date vaccines are essential for preventing your child from contracting diseases and viruses that could make them dangerously ill. Vaccines can help ease your mind about your child's health and ensure that they are well and happy.
What immunizations does my child need?
Your pediatrician at our Alexandria, VA office will help you keep track of what vaccines your child needs and when. Among the vaccines we can administer are the measles, meningitis, and hepatitis B vaccines, as well as those for rotavirus, tetanus, and influenza. The CDC also recommends the pneumococcal conjugate and inactivated poliovirus vaccines. If your child is age 9 and older, your pediatrician will likely talk to you about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
Will my child experience side effects from their vaccine?
Your child may have mild side effects such as low-grade fever or slight pain or redness at the site of the injection. However, these symptoms should go away quickly. Severe or lasting side effects are extremely rare. Talk to your pediatrician at our Alexandria, VA office about any concerns that you may have.
Don't delay in having your child vaccinated. Schedule an appointment with a pediatrician at our Alexandria, VA, office today by dialing 703-765-6093.