As school comes back in session, many parents will be sending their young children off to school for the first time. Finding the right pencil cases, folders, and backpacks are all essentials on a family’s list, but for young children preparing for their first days of school, there might be something special they need to get…
For young children entering school, a vaccination schedule is very important. Pediatricians have recommended vaccination plans, but some families might be wondering why they need to have their children vaccinated, nonetheless why they have to vaccinate them on a schedule. In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, Red River ER wants to talk to all families about the importance of immunizations and vaccines for parents and children alike.
How Vaccines Make Us Immune
Immunization to diseases comes primarily from exposure to the virus or bacteria itself. For a lot of small, common illnesses, we gain immunity through getting sick. For example: the chicken pox, which most children get when they are very young, then never experience again. But for more severe diseases, those more severe than the chicken pox, catching the illness can be dangerous. In these cases, another form of immunization is preferred.
Vaccines offer exposure safely, with injections that give your body’s immunes system an introduction to the disease. Often using dead cells of the bacteria or virus which causes the illness, vaccines make sure your antibodies and white blood cells are prepared to fight back. This makes it very difficult, and sometimes impossible, for someone to get sick after being vaccinated for the illness.
Children and Vaccines
Today, there are many articles written about childhood vaccines, and certain claims are made about whether or not vaccines are safe for children. Some claim that vaccines can cause atypical neurological processes, like Autism, and others claim that vaccines will weaken a child’s immune system, rather than strengthen it. These reports can be concerning for many parents. When making decisions for your child’s health, every family wants to know they are making the right choice.
Despite the concerning claims, scientists and doctors find there to be no question. Vaccines are cornerstones of public health, and they are not a danger to your child’s well-being. It is actually dangerous not to vaccinate your child, since it can leave your child vulnerable to serious diseases that many doctors today struggle to treat, even with modern medicine. Vaccinations become like armor for children, protecting them from harmful diseases they might encounter.
When Not to Vaccinate
Given how effective and safe modern medical technology has made vaccines, most physicians will recommend vaccination plans for infants and children. Sometimes, though, there are genetic factors, allergies, or auto-immune disorders which might make vaccines dangerous for a child. If you suspect that your child may suffer from an auto-immune disorder, or have an allergy to certain medications, then consult with your doctor about how and when to vaccinate. Adjusted vaccine schedules might be recommended, or alternative plans for immunity made to accommodate your child’s health needs.
For families with children who are just beginning school, vaccinations should be on your back-to-school agenda. We here at Red River ER encourage all families to talk with their pediatricians about vaccination schedules and how best to immunize your child for school. Our free-standing ER is open 24/7 with concierge-level care for all medical emergencies, and we care about the health of our community.
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