One of the most important things you can do to support your child’s
well-being is to ensure that he or she receives all of the recommended
immunizations according to the schedule recommended by the pediatrician. Vaccinations
effectively save lives and according to current clinical evidence, they
are safe to administer to a child.
Protecting Your Baby from Serious Diseases
Some parents may have doubts about the safety of immunizations. Unfounded
speculation associated vaccinations with developmental delays and autism,
for example. However, parents should be aware that there is no clinical
evidence that indicates vaccinations cause these problems. Instead, vaccinations
protect your baby from serious health risks. The only reason why diseases such as diphtheria, polio, tetanus, whooping
cough, and bacterial meningitis are uncommonly seen today is because the
majority of parents have their children vaccinated. However, children
that are not vaccinated are still vulnerable to outbreaks of diseases
that can result in death. For example, measles outbreaks have recently
surfaced in the U.S.
Protecting Your Family and Community
Giving your child all of his or her immunizations does much more than
just protect your child, which is certainly not to diminish the importance
of your child’s health. However, making sure kids are vaccinated
also protects your family and your entire community. Children spread germs
very easily at childcare centers, playgrounds, schools, and similar places.
An unvaccinated child can readily spread infections to other unvaccinated
children and adults.
Giving Your Child a Head Start in Life
Failing to vaccinate your child could affect his or her academic progress.
A serious illness can lead to prolonged absences from school. Additionally,
childcare facilities and schools routinely require children to have up-to-date
immunization records. Failing to vaccinate a child may mean that it is
challenging to find a school for him or her.
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group strongly advises parents to make sure their children receive all of their
immunizations on schedule. If you have questions or concerns about giving
your child immunizations near Lee's Summit, we encourage you to schedule
an appointment with a pediatrician by calling (816) 774-4142. For pediatric
care at Raintree Pediatrics, please call (816) 525-4700 or call Blue Springs
Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520