Are you wondering whether you should be getting your child vaccinated or not?
You hear so much on the news, in magazines or talk shows about childhood vaccinations. It seems like so many people are talking about whether or not to immunize your child. You hear the pros and the cons, the positives and the evils, but it’s important that you understand why our Katy, TX pediatrician, Dr. Amisha Patel, vaccinates and why it could help your child lead a long, healthy life.
Q. Are immunizations safe?
A. This is one question that our Katy children’s doctor gets a lot. You hear a lot of information (whether accurate or not) on many media outlets that it can be difficult to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. But as any medical professional will tell you, vaccines are safe. Yes, children may experience some side effects of immunizations, but they are nothing compared to the symptoms they would experience with one of these serious preventable illnesses.
Q. What are some of the side effects children experience?
A. Many of the side effects a child may experience after a vaccination is really no different than the symptoms they could potentially experience if they took medication. Most side effects are minor and go away within a day or two. Common issues include pain or swelling near the injection site, or a low-grade fever. It’s rare to see a serious reaction.
Q. Why vaccinate my child?
A. There are still so many diseases that can cause severe pain, disabilities or even death, but we are fortunate that in this day and age we have vaccines that can protect against these illnesses. Just as the CDC says, “the benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.”
Q. I’ve heard vaccines can cause autism. Is that true?
A. This is a major controversy going on in the news today; however, there are no scientific studies that have linked vaccines to autism in children. While research is continuously being done to study the causes of autism, vaccines have not been associated with these disorders.
Nothing is more important than the health of your child. No one understands that better than Just for Kids Pediatrics, PLLC in Katy, TX. Call our office today to schedule your child’s next visit. We are always here to help!