Pediatric Immunizations and Vaccination

Vaccines are made from weak germs that can cause a disease such as viruses and bacteria. It helps prepare your child’s body to fight potential diseases faster and more effectively so that your child won’t get sick often.

What is the difference between Vaccination and Immunization?
Vaccination is the procedure of getting a vaccine, usually a shot.

Immunization is the process of becoming immune or to protect a disease.

How important is it to have your child vaccinated?
Vaccinations prevent your child from getting diseases for which sometimes the is no medical treatment.
Without vaccinations, you are risking your child’s life by acquiring diseases that could have been prevented.
If exposed to viruses, say for example the virus responsible for chickenpox, your child might not be able to survive it knowing that your child’s immune system hasn’t fully developed yet. With the vaccine, not only will your child cope with the symptoms, your child will have a bigger chance of surviving it and the disease won’t stay too long.

If your child gets immunized, when a disease occurs in his surroundings, his risk of acquiring the disease is little to no risk.

Types of Immunizations:
Live, attenuated vaccine:

  • Small Pox
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Influenza (Nasal Spray)
  • Rotavirus
  • Zoster (Shingles)
  • Yellow fever

Inactivated/killed vaccine:

  • Polio (IPV)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Rabies

Toxoid vaccine:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus

Subunit/conjugate vaccine:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Haemophilus influenzae Type B
  • Pertussis
  • Pneumococcal
  • Meningococcal
  • Human papillomavirus

In 1340, the Black Death killed an estimated 25 million people all over the world. Now, thanks to vaccines, plagues aren’t common in this century anymore. But, as the world revolves around the sun, so do viruses and bacteria, that is why scientists and doctors keep on creating new vaccines to help save millions of lives.