Pediatricians & Pediatric Urgent Care located in Panama City Beach, FL & Panama City, FL
Immunizations are a highly beneficial and integral component of preventive care that can help protect your child and prevent serious infectious diseases, some of which can be life-threatening. At Future Pediatrics, with two locations in Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida, expert pediatrician Ahmed Abo Baker Mohamed, MD, FAAP, offers quality immunizations, including flu, pneumonia, and tetanus shots. Immunizations are an essential part of any child’s wellness plan. If you’d like to schedule immunizations or if you have any questions, call Future Pediatrics or use the online scheduling tool today.
What are immunizations?
Immunizations, also called vaccinations, are an effective preventive care method. Immunizations are injections that give your child protection from infectious diseases.
The term immunization refers to the process of being vaccinated and gradually developing immunity to the disease over time.
The Future Pediatrics team can help you determine whether your child is due for a shot and create an immunization plan, so you can easily keep track of the schedule and your child can always stay protected.
Immunizations involve injecting extremely small, concentrated doses of weakened or dead versions of bacteria or viruses to prepare the body to fight an infection.
The goal is to stimulate the immune system to produce certain proteins (antibodies) and white blood cells (lymphocytes) to fight the foreign invaders if your child were to be exposed to the actual disease in the future.
Why would my child or teen need immunizations?
All immunizations are recommended based on several factors, such as:
- Occupation or school
- Prior vaccinations
Immunizations for infants, children, and teens are very carefully dosed for effectiveness and safety.
In some cases, the team might recommend some immunizations based on travel destinations if you and your child plan on traveling at some point in the near future.
If a certain disease or virus, such as the measles or the flu, is prevalent in your surrounding communities, it’s best your child receives the recommended immunizations to help prevent them from contracting the viruses or diseases.
Which immunizations should children get?
The right vaccinations for your child largely depend on their age, travel habits, health conditions, lifestyle, and certain other factors. The American Academy of Pediatrics generally recommends the following immunizations for children:
- Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR)
- Polio vaccine (IPV)
- Rotavirus vaccine
- Influenza vaccine
- Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine
- Hepatitis vaccines (HepA and HepB)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
- Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV)
- Meningococcal vaccines
For your convenience, the Future Pediatrics team can administer some immunizations collectively in groups.
What are the advantages of immunizations?
Immunizations can significantly reduce your child’s risk of infectious diseases and protect your child by improving, assisting, and strengthening their immune system.
Some immunizations like the flu vaccine are recommended for most people because the flu can be life-threatening, especially for infants and younger children, older people, and those with certain chronic illnesses.
Immunizations offer numerous benefits and are the best way to defend against infectious and deadly viruses. For most children, immunizations are an effective and safe preventive care option.
If you’d like more information or if you’d like to schedule your child’s immunizations, call Future Pediatrics or book online.