Most of the time, parents want what is best for their kids, but protecting
a young child from every possible risk is a big job. Fortunately, there
is a simple way to protect kids from dangerous infectious diseases: vaccinations.
A vaccine contains dead or severely weakened organisms. The introduction
of the vaccine into the body triggers the creation of antibodies against
the disease, which offers protection from disease transmission. It’s
natural for parents to have some questions about
vaccinations. In the Riverside area, parents can turn to the doctors at Riverside Community
Hospital for guidance.
Vaccinations protect your child.
The primary reason to vaccinate your child is to
protect him or her from serious diseases, some of which may be life-threatening. Vaccines guard against diseases
like hepatitis B, rotavirus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, and measles—just
to name a few. Since diseases like polio aren’t present in the U.S.
any longer, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous they truly are.
This may be why some parents still have reservations about vaccines, but
you can rest assured that vaccinating your child on schedule will help
save his or her life.
Vaccinations protect others throughout the community.
Some individuals are not able to receive vaccines because of health reasons
such as severe allergies. Others, such as newborns, are too young to be
fully vaccinated. By choosing to vaccinate your child, you can protect
his or her playmates and everyone else in the community from the spread
of dangerous diseases.
Travel increases the spread of infectious diseases.
Some parents might wonder why they should vaccinate their child against
diseases that aren’t usually a problem in the U.S. The answer is
that global travel allows diseases to infect people regardless of residency.
It is possible for a child to acquire a deadly disease from a playmate,
who may have acquired it from traveling abroad.
The risks associated with vaccines are minimal.
Vaccines undergo intensive testing and reviews before being made available
to the public. They are very safe and effective. It is normal for the
injection to cause some localized and temporary tenderness and discomfort
at the injection site. However, the risks are minimal and it’s important
to note that vaccines do not cause autism.
Families in Riverside will find exceptional maternal, newborn, and pediatric
care at the Family Birthplace Riverside Community Hospital. Our hospital
team strongly encourages new parents to get their kids vaccinated in accordance
pediatrician’s recommendations. For general questions about vaccines or about our hospital services,
call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463.