Immunizations for School Age Children in Coppell, Texas
Vaccines have a long history in society and are hotly debated among parents. However, science has proven immunizations to be effective, safe, and highly regulated. At Mark9 Pediatrics, we want to protect your child from all preventable diseases. Vaccines do this by letting their body create antibodies to certain illnesses before there is a chance of exposure.
If you wish to protect your child or enroll her in public school, call Mark9 Pediatrics today about scheduling your child’s vaccination appointment with Dr. Moemeka.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines work by allowing your body to develop antibodies to certain diseases without actually getting the illness itself. Some vaccines use dead versions of the viruses so your child cannot get sick from them, but her body instead develops antibodies. Other vaccines use parts of viruses or harmless versions of toxins to protect against both viral and bacterial infections.
By triggering the body’s immune system response, your child has a chance to develop antibodies to quickly fight off an infection before she is ever exposed to the virus or bacteria in question.
Do I need to vaccinate my child?
If you want your child to attend public school, then you do need to vaccinate your child according to Texas state law. At Mark9 Pediatrics, we strongly encourage vaccination to protect your child and your community.
Which vaccines does my child need?
According to the CDC, your child needs the following vaccines between 4 years old and 6 years old:
- Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP)
- Polio (IPV)
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
- Chickenpox (varicella)
Between 11 and 12, recommended vaccines include:
Are Immunizations safe?
Yes. In America, our immunizations are highly regulated and very safe. Although vaccine injury is potentially possible, it is very rare. If your child experiences a fever or chills after a vaccine, it is likely her body’s natural immune response, not an actual illness. A fever is an outward sign that your immune system is working, which is exactly what we want her body to do after a vaccine.
For more information on vaccine safety, visit the CDC website.
I don’t know that I want to vaccinate my child
At Mark9 Pediatrics, we understand that many parents are hesitant about vaccines. Although they are getting some bad attention, vaccines are safe, and we do promote and support immunizing all children to promote the health of your children and our community. If you are not yet convinced that this is the right choice for you and your family, talk to Dr. Moemeka about your concerns.