Pediatric Immunizations and Vaccination

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 against a disease.

How important is it to have your child vaccinated?

  • 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.
  • 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, for example, the virus responsible for chickenpox, your child might not be able to survive it since your child’s immune system hasn’t fully developed yet. With the vaccine, not only will your child cope with the symptoms, but your child
  • will have a greater chance of surviving it and of shortening the length of the disease.
  • If your child gets immunized, when a disease occurs in his surroundings, his risk of acquiring the disease is little to none.

Types of Immunizations

Live, attenuated vaccines:

  • 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

Sub-unit/conjugate vaccine:

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 since scientists and doctors keep on creating new vaccines to help save millions of lives.