Importance of Immunizations

We believe that immunizations are an essential part of care. Vaccines are a safe and effective way of preventing diseases that can cause life threatening illnesses in infants and children.

Our pediatricians follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics for childhood immunization.

Vaccines prevent disease in the people who receive them and protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated individuals. Vaccines are responsible for the control of many once-common infectious diseases including polio, measles, diphtheria, and many other dangerous diseases.

Vaccines are important for many reasons:

  • Vaccines protect individual children who are vaccinated against dangerous diseases
  • Vaccines protect communities; they help to protect children who are not able to be vaccinated or who do not respond to vaccines
  • Vaccines slow down or stop disease outbreaks

Some children cannot be vaccinated for certain diseases because they have medical conditions, are too young, or their body does not adequately respond to vaccines.