Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical Center

Pediatricians located in Bel Air, MD

According to the World Health Organization, vaccinations prevent 2-3 million deaths worldwide each year. Here in the United States, vaccines have all but eradicated many dangerous and potentially deadly diseases, making vaccination a smart choice. At Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical Center, we provide full immunization services to patients in Bel Air, Maryland. To protect you and your loved ones from a number of highly contagious diseases, call and book an appointment online to get started.

Vaccines Q & A

Why Should I Vaccinate?

Over the past 100 years or so, vaccines have prevented the spread of highly contagious diseases, from polio to whooping cough. As a testament to their effectiveness, before the measles vaccine came into existence, almost everyone got the disease, and some even died from it. Today, it would be difficult to find a doctor who has ever seen a case of measles, all thanks to vaccination efforts.

Vaccinating your child is an important part of this success because you not only protect your child against potentially dangerous diseases, you prevent your child from spreading them to others.

What Can I Vaccinate Against?

Today’s vaccines protect your family against:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria
  • Hib
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza, or flu
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis, or whooping cough
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • HPV

When Should My Child Get Vaccinated?

At Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical Center, we start vaccinating your child very soon after birth, when your child’s body is busy building immunities. In their first month, your child starts receiving the necessary vaccinations and boosters, which are often combination shots.

Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical Center recommends vaccinations according to the ACIP or AAP vaccination schedule for children. Our providers will administer all the necessary vaccines as recommended.

While early childhood vaccinations are usually sufficient for a lifetime, you should still consider vaccinating your family annually against the flu. Flu shots are especially important for younger patients and the elderly.

Are Vaccines Safe?

Vaccines are considered very safe. Your child may experience some redness and swelling at the site of the injection, but these symptoms usually go away after a day or two. You can treat these side effects with ice and any medications that our providers recommend.

Allergic reactions are very rare, but we are on the lookout, just in case.

To learn more about protecting your children, call Laurel Pediatric & Teen Medical Center to book an appointment today.