Understanding Vaccinations: A Guide for Parents

Concerned about vaccinations for your child? Dr. Staci Young, Dr. Elizabeth Satterly, and Dr. Stephanie Lorts at Young Pediatrics in Glen Carbon, IL, provide important insight and clarity to calm your worries in this short guide.

Quick Guide to Childhood Vaccinations for Parents

 Children are amazing, beautiful gifts that parents want to protect. While there are many ways to offer this protection, vaccinations are one of the most important and effective. Dr. Young, Dr. Satterly, and Dr. Lorts at Young Pediatrics in Glen Carbon, IL, explain how and more below. 

Life Is Full of Threats

 Little ones do not have a strong immune system. This leaves them at risk of developing potentially deadly diseases and illnesses. From the moment your child is born, they are exposed to many viruses and germs that can make them ill. 

Fortunately, they have some antibodies passed on from the mother, which provides a bit of protection. Unfortunately, it's often not enough, but this is where vaccines come into play. 

The vaccines your child receives help them build up antibodies and develop a much stronger immunity. If they are exposed to these viruses or illnesses, their bodies have a much higher chance of fighting them off. This means fewer sick days and can literally save your child’s life. 

Aren’t Vaccines Giving My Child the Virus or Bacteria?

 In a sense, yes, but not in the dangerous way many people think. Vaccines are given as either a dead or very weakened strain. The body detects the invader and develops antibodies to fight it. While this occurs, your child might not feel well and will likely run a fever. These things are normal, as the body is doing its job. However, vaccines do not make your child sick from the illness that they are fighting. 

What Vaccinations Does My Child Need?

 Throughout the course of childhood and the teen years, your child will receive several types of vaccines, including: 

  • Chickenpox 
  • HPV 
  • Hepatitis A and B 
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus 
  • Meningococcal 
  • Pneumococcal 

 Other vaccines, such as the flu and COVID-19 vaccines, are also available. Some vaccines may or may not be recommended due to some health conditions or lifestyle factors, though most children receive the same series of vaccines. Your pediatrician will recommend those that are essential for your child. Always feel free to ask questions and share any concerns that you may have. 

To schedule your child’s vaccinations with Dr. Young, Dr. Satterly, or Dr. Lorts at Young Pediatrics in Glen Carbon, IL, call (618) 288-9305 today.

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