Vaccinations are a critical part of your child’s health and are available at Nyack Pediatrics. Immunization can not only prevent a deadly infection in your child but is also an important part of keeping our entire population safe from disease. If you have questions or concerns about vaccinations, schedule an appointment with Maureen Cooney, DO today. Online booking is available, or you’re always welcome to call the Nyack, New York, office to check availability.
Vaccinations work by stimulating your body’s innate healing abilities. Scientists create vaccines from dead or weakened versions of a bacterium or virus. The vaccine isn’t strong enough to make your child sick, but it triggers the production of antibodies.
Those antibodies work like soldiers, attacking the invading bacteria or virus and preventing infection.
Once your child has been vaccinated, special immune cells will remain in their body for the rest of their life, ready to spring into action if they are ever exposed to the full version of that specific bacteria or virus.
Not only are vaccines safe, but they are also a big part of why the human lifespan is so much longer today than in previous generations. First-world countries, where vaccination is common, have all but eliminated diseases like polio, smallpox, measles, and more.
Vaccines are carefully crafted to be effective without exposing your child to danger. Unfortunately, a great deal of misinformation about vaccines is floating around, which can be confusing for parents who only want what’s best for their children.
Many studies have focused on the issue of vaccine safety. The overwhelming opinion of the scientific community is that vaccines are not only safe but are a critical component of public health in America.
Just because America doesn’t have high rates of many contagious diseases doesn’t mean your child will never be exposed. International travel has never been more accessible, and if you travel to another country, there may be a risk of catching an infectious disease.
Also, vaccination isn’t just beneficial at the personal level. When our entire society is vaccinated, that protection extends to our most vulnerable members. That includes the elderly, infants, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems.
If you have lingering concerns about vaccination, or if your child is due for their next round of shots, call the office or use the easy online booking tool to set up a visit today.