Vaccines

Vaccines
To ensure your child is receiving the needed vaccines at the right times, bring your child to Comprehensive Pediatric Care. Here, Dr. Ghavami can offer immunizations to Ridgewood, New Jersey area patients throughout their development.

Vaccines Q & A

by Zia Ghavami, M.D.

What vaccines does my child need?

Children will need:

  • Rotavirus vaccine- protects against the most frequent cause of vomiting and diarrhea in infants and younger children
  • DTaP and Tdap vaccines- protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis
  • Hib vaccine- protects against Haemophilus influenza type b, which can cause spinal meningitis
  • Polio vaccine- protects against a debilitating, paralysis causing viral disease
  • Influenza vaccine- to be given at six months and older, this protects against the flu
  • MMR vaccine- protects against mumps, measles, and rubella
  • Varicella vaccine- protects against chickenpox and related complications
  • Pneumococcal vaccine- protects against blood infections and bacterial meningitis
  • Meningococcal vaccine- protects against bacterial infections which affect the brain, blood, and spinal cord
  • Hepatitis A and B vaccines- protect against liver diseases
  • HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine- prevents transmittable, viral infections which can cause cancers of the cervix, genitals, mouth, and throat

Why are some of these vaccines still needed if the diseases are not as common anymore?

Several diseases are not as common as they once were because of vaccines. However, the viruses and bacteria which cause them still exist. This means that children will still need to be protected. Unfortunately, in several parts of the globe vaccine-preventable diseases can affect many people. Since this is the case, it is crucial to protect children in case the illnesses spread to America.

Does the MMR vaccine cause autism?

The MMR vaccine does not cause autism. Several studies have been shown that there is absolutely no scientifically proven link between the MMR vaccine and autism spectrum disorders. Confusion about this could have begun because children with autism are frequently diagnosed between 18 and 30 months old. This is near the same time they receive the MMR vaccine. In addition, increasing evidence has shown that autism disorders are present before birth.

Do vaccines cause sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?

The peak age for SIDS is between 2 and four months old. This is also the time when infants receive several of their initial vaccines. Thorough scientific studies have shown that vaccinations do not cause SIDS.

Remember, vaccines unquestionably prevent diseases and save lives. It is crucial to adhere to the schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.



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