Learning About the Basics of Pediatric Immunizations

Posted on: August 9, 2018


There is a schedule of pediatric immunizations that pediatricians use as a general guideline. Parents who choose to vaccinate their children or go on a delayed vaccination schedule may use this recommended schedule to get the right vaccinations for their children at the specified times.

These vaccinations help people develop immunity, which allows many conditions, diseases and ailments to not be prevalent in areas that they once were.

Vaccine recommendations can change, and the schedule is also subject to change according to the CDC's recommendations. When it does, it is typically because a new vaccine has come out or one has been updated.

Short history of vaccinations

In the 50s, only four vaccinations were available for adults and children: pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus and smallpox. Children received five total shots by the time they were two years old and never received more than one vaccine at a time.

By the 80s, more vaccines were available to adults and children. Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP), as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and polio were given. The smallpox vaccine was eliminated in the early 70s. MMR and DTP were two separate shots and polio was given by mouth.

Currently …

Children receive close to 20 vaccines by the time they are two years old and do receive multiple shots at once. This number has risen because of the extra vaccines added to the schedule. Chickenpox, hepatitis B, pneumococcus, influenza B and others were added in the 90s and 2000s to further prevent diseases.

The importance of pediatric immunizations

Pediatric immunizations work to protect the child against harmful diseases that they might come into contact with later in life. The vaccines trigger the immune system and tell it to attack the virus and build an immunity to it. This protects both the person who has been vaccinated and those around them who are not.

Not everyone is able to be vaccinated, such as the very young or the very old. These people do not have the protection needed against these diseases. When the public is vaccinated, this helps protect everyone they are around. While it is true that very young children are born with immunity to some diseases, this immunity does lessen with time and diminishes entirely by the age of one. It is always easier to prevent a disease than to treat one, making it wise to stick with the immunization schedule.

Speak with a pediatrician in our office

It is important to speak with a pediatrician in our office so they can explain pediatric immunizations in further detail. Immunizations are an important consideration to make for any child. Our pediatrician can explain the schedule in more detail, as well as give more background information on what conditions the vaccines protect against.

Pediatric immunizations save lives

Immunizations have been around since before the 1800s, and many receive routine vaccinations. These vaccines have helped keep away many diseases that cause sickness and premature death. As time moves forward and technology advances, much research is going into developing new vaccines and treatment plans that can help to reduce the number of people lost to diseases.

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