Pediatric Vaccines in Chandler, AZ

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What Are Pediatric Vaccines?

There are numerous pediatric vaccines available that strengthen a child's immune system and fight against disease. Dr. Charles Armstrong and Dr. Margaret Hart provide vaccinations for infants, children, and teens in Chandler, AZ. It is especially important to vaccinate babies because their immune systems aren't fully developed yet, which leaves them vulnerable to catching a serious or potentially fatal disease. At Immaculate Heart of Mary Family Health Center, please read our vaccine policy here as we ask our pediatric patients to follow the recommended vaccination schedule provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which lays out immunization recommendations by age. Call us to schedule an appointment to ensure you are current on your child's vaccines.

What Are the Benefits of Pediatric Vaccines?

Pediatric vaccines play a crucial role in safeguarding children against various infectious diseases. Immunization not only protects the individual child but also contributes to community-wide immunity, further helping to prevent the spread of diseases. Some general benefits of pediatric vaccines include:

  • Disease prevention
  • Community immunity
  • Reduced mortality
  • Protection in infancy
  • Prevention of complications
  • Allows for school and daycare entry where required

What Can I Expect From Pediatric Vaccines?

At the start of the appointment, Dr. Hart or Dr. Chandler will go over your child's vaccination records to see if they are up-to-date on vaccines and determine which dose will need to be administered for their specific age. Common vaccines that are recommended for children 18 years or younger include:

  • RV (rotavirus)
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis)
  • HepB (Hepatitis B)
  • IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • COVID-19
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Protect Children From Disease

Pediatric vaccines are safe, effective ways to help ensure your child stays healthy. At Immaculate Heart of Mary Family Health Center, Dr. Hart and Dr. Armstrong can go over any concerns about immunizations you might have and provide the necessary vaccinations for your child. Contact our Chandler, AZ, practice to set up an appointment today.

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Pediatric Vaccines FAQs

Because pediatric vaccines are part of preventive medicine, most insurance plans cover them at 100%. Our team can help find out coverage costs before your appointment, if needed.

Vaccines can strengthen the immune system, preventing children from contracting serious and sometimes fatal diseases such as measles, polio, and whooping cough. Our body fights disease with a healthy immune system. A baby’s immune system is not fully developed at birth, so babies face an increased risk of infection and illness. Vaccines help teach the immune system to defend against germs and build up natural defenses.

Yes, pediatric vaccines are considered safe but they may not be 100% risk free. Sometimes vaccines can cause mild reactions in children such as a sore arm or a mild fever, but serious reactions are very rare. You should discuss the risks involved with your healthcare provider. Oftentimes, parents see the vaccine as a safer risk than not getting a vaccination.

Children who didn't receive pediatric vaccines at age two months or may have only had some of the shots can still be immunized. Doctors say it’s never too late to start getting vaccinated. You don’t have to start over. Simply continue with the vaccines where you left off in the schedule. If you have children who didn’t receive pediatric vaccines as infants, contact our practice, and we’ll tell you when to bring them in and for which shots.

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