Immunizations protect your family and community from potentially dangerous diseases. At ABC Pediatrics Fresno in Fresno, California, Katayoon Shahinfar, MD, offers a wide range of timely immunizations for children and teens. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Shahinfar can safely administer vaccines for your whole family. To learn more, call ABC Pediatrics Fresno today.
Your child’s immune system protects their body against harmful foreign substances, such as viruses and infections. When your child comes in contact with potentially dangerous germs, their immune system releases antibodies that ward off these pathogens.
To recognize certain substances as harmful or dangerous, your child’s immune system needs to know what it’s fighting.
An immunization, or vaccination, is a preventive measure to protect against infectious diseases and viruses.
Vaccines contain minimal amounts of specific diseases or viruses to trigger the antibodies that your child’s immune system produces. Once they have these antibodies, their immune system can protect them against these harmful substances.
Vaccines keep your child safe and healthy. However, they also protect your entire community against infectious diseases and viruses. When one person is immune to a potentially deadly virus, they can’t spread it to others.
The more vaccinated individuals a community has, the less likely it is to experience a serious outbreak.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the introduction of safe vaccines has greatly minimized the spread and burden of infectious diseases, which globally reduces the rate of disability and death.
Children receive immunizations at different ages. Some vaccines require only one dose, while others require a second dose. Many vaccines also need booster shots or extra doses that ensure the vaccine continues to work as it should.
The first vaccine children receive is the hepatitis B shot. Dr. Shahinfar administers this shot within your baby’s first 12 hours of life. After that, most immunizations follow a fairly strict schedule to keep your child healthy and free of disease:
To learn more about immunizations, call ABC Pediatrics Fresno.