Immunizations for Teens in Coppell, Texas
Vaccines have a long history in society and are, and have been, hotly debated among parents. However, the efficacy and safety of immunizations is highly regulated and clinically tested. At Mark9 Pediatrics, we are committed to protecting your teen from preventable diseases by letting his body create antibodies to certain illnesses before he has a chance to be exposed to them. Immunizations for teens in Coppell, Texas are an essential part of staying healthy.
If your teen needs to be updated on his vaccinations, call Dr. Moemeka, your Coppell pediatrician.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines work by allowing your teen’s body to develop antibodies to certain diseases without ever having to suffer from the illness itself. Some vaccines use killed versions of the viruses, meaning that your teen cannot get sick from them, but his body can still tag the antigen and develop antibodies. Other vaccines use parts of viruses or harmless versions of toxins to protect against both viral and bacterial infections.
By triggering your teen’s immune system response, he has a chance to develop antibodies to quickly fight off an infection before he is ever exposed to the virus or bacteria in question.
Do I need to vaccinate my teen?
If you want your teen to attend public school, he needs to be vaccinated according to Texas state law. At Mark9 Pediatrics, we strongly encourage vaccination to protect your teen and your community.
Which vaccines does my child need?
According to the CDC, your teen will need:
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Measles, mumps, rubella
Before your teen goes off to college, make sure to check that he is up-to-date on his immunizations and that he has all of the required immunizations for his chosen school.
Are Immunizations safe?
Yes. In America, our immunizations are highly regulated and very safe. While vaccine injury is possible, it is very rare. If your teen experiences a fever or chills after a vaccine, it is likely his body’s natural immune response. A fever is an outward sign that your immune system is working, which is exactly what we want your body to do after a vaccine. Monitor your teen’s condition and call Dr. Moemeka with any concerns you have.
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 a lot of attention, vaccines are safe, and we do promote and support immunizing all children to support 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.
Vaccinations help protect your family and your community. If you’re ready to take the next step, call Dr. Moemeka today at (972) 325-2005 or request an appointment online to get started.