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August 16, 2021
Immunizations (vaccines) save the lives of thousands of children and adults annually, protecting us from illnesses that can lead to disease, hospital stays, life-long complications and even death. Not only do immunizations protect the persons receiving the vaccine, but through herd immunity, vaccines protect children that are unable to get vaccines due to illness or age and our elderly community members whose immunities may have declined. Vanessa Slots, M.D., offers insight on the importance of immunizations.
Often, parents worry about side effects such as pain, redness, tenderness at the injection site and flu-like symptoms. However, studies have shown that giving your child Tylenol before vaccines can decrease their effectiveness. Based on those studies, we recommend that parents/caregivers wait until after vaccines, and only if symptoms develop, before giving the child Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Many vaccines provide life-long immunity, while others wear off over time. Vaccines are given to children when they are at the most risk of contracting the diseases and at the highest risk of severe complications. So even if immunity wanes over time, it is crucial to give all vaccines on time (as directed above) to protect our children.
Vaccines are incredibly safe and effective. In fact, they are studied and monitored more than any other medication before being approved. Study after study has proven that vaccines do not cause autism or any other neurological side effects
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation available on the internet and social media websites that can confuse parents. If you have questions about vaccines, please speak with your medical provider.
Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for ages 18 years or younger, United States, 2021. Plus, important COVID-19 Vaccination information.