Many parents have questions about immunizations, and the team at Westchester Park Pediatrics is more than willing to sit down and discuss the issue in-depth with each family under their care. Immunizations are a critical component of both individual and public health, and it is important that parents make informed decisions. To learn more about immunization, call the Purchase, New York, office or book an appointment online today.
Also referred to as vaccines and vaccinations, immunizations are the best protection against many serious diseases. Vaccines help prepare your body to fight off illnesses, so you don’t get sick.
Vaccinations have two main ingredients:
Antigens are small amounts of weak or dead viruses, bacteria, or toxins that cause diseases. Antigens help teach your immune system to fight the infection efficiently, so you don’t get the disease.
Adjuvants are substances that increase your immunity against disease by helping your immune system respond to the immunization more effectively.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, along with the CDC, offers vaccine schedules that tell you when to get vaccinations for yourself and your family. This schedule is organized by age.
From birth through age six, children visit the doctors at Westchester Park Pediatrics for 28 doses of vaccines. These immunizations cover 14 different illnesses, and all require multiple shots to remain effective. The annual flu vaccination isn't included but is highly recommended.
*The staff at BridgeSpan Medicine believe in both the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in preventing serious illness and saving lives. As pediatricians, their priority is the health and well-being of all children. They practice preventive medicine from birth to give patients the advantages that will lead to a long and healthy life. The administration of vaccines is an essential aspect of their philosophy and approach to pediatric care. All available research shows that the safest and most effective way to vaccinate children is according to the schedule set by the CDC and AAP. Straying from this schedule goes against proven scientific research and puts patients who do follow the schedule at risk. In an effort to protect patients to the best of their ability, in a world where these infectious diseases are unfortunately still in existence, the team will not accept patients who choose not to immunize.