Immunizations

Immunizations in Grand Rapids & Jenison, MI

The best way to care for your child is with preventative care. This way, you’re helping them avoid any diseases that may come their way and they’re protected while they’re on the playground. Immunizations are vital when it comes to protecting your child from germs that can be found while they’re playing with other kids or are just out in public. Because of these vaccines, you no longer have to worry about your child suffering from infections like smallpox or polio that can cause long-term damage and issues.

Why Immunizations Are So Important

As soon as your child is born, they’ll receive their first immunization. These shots will help keep your child safe and help their growing body fight off any illnesses that may come their way. It’s much easier to take this preventative step than it is to care for your child after they’ve contracted a disease. This helps you avoid any long-term effects that any of these diseases may have to your child’s health. We have noticed that TB, measles, and whooping cough are coming back because of resistance to getting children vaccinated. We will work with parents on the immunization schedule.  

Getting your child immunized also helps the community in the long run by protecting others who aren’t able to be vaccinated for various reasons. Immunizations also save you money by helping you avoid extra visits to the doctor.

From the time that they’re born to around 6 years old, you should expect to visit your child’s pediatrician more than once a year for checkups and to maintain their immunization schedule. Some of the common immunizations include:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Tetanus
  • Poliovirus
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus

Once your child gets older, they’ll only need to maintain their flu shot once a year and their tetanus shot every 10 years.

Our Vaccine Philosophy

Western Michigan Pediatrics follows the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For information about these vaccines and the diseases they protect against, please visit https://www.aap.org/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm

Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and the CDC. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections, and are administered as one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention.

We are happy to discuss your concerns about vaccines at your child's next visit.

When it comes to keeping your child safe, you want to make sure that you’re doing everything possible to protect your child, which is why it’s crucial to make sure that they are up to date on their immunizations. Contact Western Michigan Pediatrics today to schedule your child's next immunization appointment. You can reach us in our Grand Rapids, MI office at (616) 949-6112 or our Jenison, MI office at (616) 457-3510!

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