Immunizations: To Serve and Protect
We’ve all heard the saying “Better safe than sorry,” and when it comes to immunizing your children, this couldn’t be more important. Vaccinations protect your loved ones from the inside out, and are an invaluable way to prevent them from contracting potentially life-threatening infectious diseases by the time they’re just two years old.
If that sounds like a win-win, it is. Better yet, all the vaccinations your children require are available at no cost through AltaMed for patients 0-17 years of age.
When it comes to vaccinating newborns, it’s important that you stick to a schedule to make sure they’re receiving the proper inoculations and doses as needed. This time frame has been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect children when they are most vulnerable.
The current vaccine supply in the U.S. is the safest in this country’s history. The most common side effects are very mild and include pain or swelling at the site of the injection. Fussiness or a low-grade fever may also occur for a couple of days.
Disease prevention benefits far outweigh any possible side effects, which is why it’s so important to create your own schedule and vaccination checklist for your children. Keep these records in a safe place and take photos of them with your phone so you always have them handy. As your child grows, you’ll need to have them available for schooling, child care and sports. If you’ve fallen behind, don’t worry – your primary care provider can help you come up with a plan to catch up.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (888) 499-9303. We can schedule an appointment with your provider who can help you figure out where your child is at in their immunization timeline and set up vaccination schedule.