Vaccines are important tools that protect against serious preventable illnesses. Understanding the benefits of vaccination and following the right inoculation schedule will prevent your child from contracting or spreading illnesses, including measles, whooping cough, etc. Your San Jose children’s care provider at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can keep you apprised of the best schedule for your child’s vaccinations to ensure his or her vaccines are up-to-date.
Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child
Vaccination is a proven solution for the prevention of serious childhood disease. When your child is given a vaccine, he will develop a natural immunity that will eliminate the possibility of contracting the same disease if he is exposed in the future. Vaccination can thus prevent your child from contracting illnesses that could cause serious health consequences, protecting him from the health risks these conditions present. Furthermore, vaccinating your child helps to protect others as well by ensuring he cannot carry and transmit the disease to those who have not yet received vaccines or who cannot receive a vaccine due to allergies or other health concerns.
When You Should Vaccinate Your Child
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have several published recommended vaccination schedules for children. Some vaccines are recommended at birth or within 12-18 months, while others are given at the ages of four to six. Your local school district may also require certain vaccinations before your child begins school or before your child may enter specific grades. Furthermore, vaccinations such as the flu vaccine should be administered annually, as these vaccines target only the most likely strains to affect the population in a given year.
Do you have questions about your child’s vaccination needs? Regional Medical Center of San Jose has the health and wellness information you need to get your child ready for the upcoming school year. Please visit our San Jose hospital on the web or give our Consult-A-Nurse line a call at (888) 762-8881.