As a parent, it is completely normal to feel a little nervous when bringing your children into Carolina Kids Pediatrics in Raleigh for their immunizations. Many parents have concerns about immunization risks, why vaccines are necessary, or what benefits they provide.
Here at Carolina Kids Pediatrics, we are more than happy to discuss your concerns, answer your questions and make sure that you are completely comfortable with the process. Some questions we address frequently include:
1. Are All These Vaccines Really Necessary?
With once-common diseases such as whooping cough, measles, and polio now becoming increasingly rare, it is normal to wonder if these vaccines are still necessary at all - but they absolutely are. Whether it be a measles outbreak in California, polio cases in the Midwest, or the increasing awareness that pertussis (whooping cough) is still very much an issue in the U.S., we are frequently reminded that even a small decline in immunization rates can bring vaccine-preventable diseases back to our neighborhoods. Maintaining high vaccination rates is critical in preventing disease recurrence - and by vaccinating your child, you also protect your child's classmates and neighbors.
2. Do Vaccines Cause Diseases?
There are three primary types of vaccines - those made with dead or 'inactivated' bacteria or viruses, those made with only a part of the bacteria or virus, and those made with live but weakened bacteria or viruses. Inactivated and subunit vaccines are considered to be very safe, precisely because they only contain partial or dead organisms that cannot cause disease. Live vaccines are not recommended for some immunosuppressed people, but are extremely safe in healthy children.
3. Is it Safe to Give My Child Multiple Vaccines at One Time?
While giving children multiple immunizations during one trip to Carolina Kids Pediatrics in Raleigh may seem like a lot, the fact is that simultaneous vaccination with multiple vaccines has been very thoroughly researched. Our immune systems are designed to fight hundreds of thousands of targets at the same time, and they are more than capable of producing an effective immune response to multiple vaccinations simultaneously. There is absolutely no evidence that multiple vaccinations "overwhelm" a healthy child's immune system. Long term studies of large populations around the world have demonstrated that current vaccination practices do not significantly contribute to the development of immune disorders, developmental disorders, or autism.
If after reading over these common questions regarding immunizations for children you still have questions or concerns, we'd love to hear from you. Call Carolina Kids Pediatrics in Raleigh and let us know how we can help!