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Vaccinations Specialist

Ludlow Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Ludlow, MA

Vaccinations have been one of the most effective preventative care measures in child care. At Ludlow Pediatrics in Ludlow, Massachusetts, Robert J. Willis, MD, FAAP, advises parents to follow an immunization schedule as a safe and proven method of keeping your child safe from potentially life-threatening infectious diseases. Call Ludlow Pediatrics today for more information on vaccines and a suggested vaccination schedule.

Vaccinations Q & A

Are vaccines still needed?

While things like better nutrition, hygiene, and living conditions have helped to lessen the frequency of some infections in infants, these bacteria and viruses are still all around us.

Even diseases that have been reduced to low levels in the United States can be spread through travel to other parts of the world, where they are still commonplace. By far, immunization is the first and foremost weapon to fighting off infectious diseases, especially in developing infants.

What vaccines do children need?

Vaccines are available and have been used to prevent countless cases of deadly diseases in children, including but not limited to:

  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Diphtheria
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV (human papillomavirus virus)
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus

Many of these diseases are airborne and can spread through coughing, sneezing, even just breathing. Exceptions are, hepatitis B, and which are spread through blood and other bodily fluids. But regardless of how they spread, all of these diseases were much more common before the widespread use of vaccines.

Call our office today, and Dr. Willis will help you develop the right vaccine schedule for your child.

What are the possible side effects of vaccines?

Like any medication, vaccinations sometimes cause side-effects. Usually, this is limited to redness or swelling at the injection site and sometimes a low-grade fever that goes away in a day or two.

Serious side-effects like allergic reactions are very rare, but if you see any troubling symptoms in your child after receiving a vaccination, please don’t hesitate to call us.

Are vaccines safe for children?

Yes. Today the US has one of the safest vaccine supplies in history. That supply is monitored by two regulatory bodies.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the first line of defense that conducts and evaluates studies of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. They also closely monitor the sites where these drugs are made, ensuring that companies follow the strictest manufacturing guidelines.

The second regulatory body, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Immunization Safety Office, works to assess the safety of vaccines through independent research and identifying any possible negative effects.

These agencies review studies conducted by independent manufacturers as well as the FDA before licenses are approved and the vaccine is recommended to the public.

If you have any further questions or concerns about vaccines or the immunization schedule, please don’t hesitate to call us or go online to set up an appointment.