Infant & Toddler Vaccinations
Immunizations are an essential part of keeping your baby or toddler protected from preventable diseases. Vaccinations are in the hot seat right now, and the battle against vaccinations is a long-standing one with a conflicting history. However, this doesn’t mean that vaccines are unsafe or that you should be afraid to use them to protect your child. At Mark 9, we understand how heavy this issue can weigh on the hearts of parents. Dr. Moemeka, your trusted Coppell pediatrician, has the information and facts about vaccinations that you need to give your child a healthy start to life.
What are vaccines?
Vaccines are essentially controlled exposures to life-threatening diseases. These immunizations allow your baby to build an immunity to the disease without ever getting sick.
Immunizations contain the same germs that cause disease. Unlike being exposed to the disease itself, however, vaccines contain dead or weak versions of these germs so that your baby doesn’t actually get sick. Instead, your baby’s immune system develops defenses to the diseases that we are protecting against. By controlling exposure with vaccines, your baby’s body builds an immunity to diseases without actually contracting them. Vaccines have the potential to save lives and stop the spread of disease.
Prevention is the best way to treat any illness, and immunizations are a powerful and effective prevention tool.
Why does my baby need vaccines?
Building your child’s immunity is an important part of keeping your family and your community healthy. Babies need vaccines so that they can build up an immunity to certain diseases before they face exposure. Even babies who aren’t in childcare need this protection.
Which vaccines does my baby need?
Your child will need multiple vaccines as a newborn and during infancy. Among others, your child will need vaccines to prevent against hepatitis A, chickenpox, polio, rotavirus, measles, mumps, and rubella. For a complete list of vaccines and the CDC recommended schedule, click here.
Aren’t the diseases we’re vaccinating against mostly gone?
While it’s true that many of the diseases we are protecting against are rare, that doesn’t mean that your baby doesn’t need protection from them. If many people don’t get vaccinations, then the number of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases could quickly climb. Getting vaccinated helps protect your baby and your community.
Why does my baby need so many vaccines?
By combining vaccines, we are able to protect your baby against numerous diseases while limiting the number of times you and your baby need to come to the office. This makes the process more cost-effective for you and less stressful for your baby.
Are vaccines safe?
Yes. Vaccines are safe. Not only are vaccines safe, but they help protect your baby from life-threatening diseases.
For more information on vaccine safety, visit the CDC website.
Do I have to vaccinate my child?
To be accepted into public schools and childcare facilities in Texas, your child does have to meet the minimum vaccination requirements outlined here.
You can apply for non-medical exemption from vaccinations.
However, if you are homeschooling your children and are not signing them up for public childcare, then you are not legally required to vaccinate your children.
I’m on the fence. What do you suggest?
If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to vaccinate your children, we encourage you to come in and talk to Dr. Moemeka about the best choice for your baby, family, and community. Choosing whether or not you vaccinate your child is a personal decision with serious medcial consequences.
At Mark9 Pediatrics, we are dedicated to giving you and your baby the best path to wellness so that healthy becomes your way of life. Call Dr. Moemeka today at (972) 325-2005 or request your appointment online to reserve your appointment to talk about vaccinations in Coppell, TX.