Immunization Q & A
What immunizations are recommended?
Dr. Zalam administers all of the immunizations recommended by major organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
The immunizations he provides include:
- DTaP(diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
- HIB (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
- PCV-13 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
- IPV (polio)
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis A
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- HPV (human papillomavirus)
Your child receives these vaccines on a specific schedule according to their age and health. Your child also benefits from the flu vaccine, administered yearly, if they’re older than 6 months.
Should I be concerned about the safety of immunizations?
Immunizations are an important step in preventive care. Think of them just like a healthy diet or a car seat – they can prevent devastating disease or complications. Vaccines offered by Dr. Alzalam have undergone years of research and review. If you’re concerned about the safety of the vaccines, ask any questions or express any concerns to the doctor. He’ll help you understand their safety, efficacy, and importance.
Immunizations protect your child against illness, especially those that cause serious medical complications and even death. An overwhelming amount of medical evidence stands behind the benefits of vaccines to your child and the community.
Do immunizations cause side effects?
After a series of immunizations, your child may have mild side effects, such as a low-grade fever and pain at the injection site. Serious side effects are rare. These side effects are a small price to pay for immunity to life-altering diseases. The team at Zalam Medical Center reviews with you all the possible effects of immunizations so you know what to expect.
Why should I vaccinate my child?
The primary reason you should vaccinate your child is to save their life. Diseases that once affected thousands of children each year, causing serious disability or death, have been nearly eliminated because of the advancement of vaccines.
Getting your child immunized also prevents disease from spreading to those who are too young or too ill to receive vaccines. Preventing your child’s disease saves you time, money, and stress.
Protect your children. Get them vaccinated. Call Zalam Medical Center or schedule your appointment using the online tool.