Pediatric Clinic located in Grand Prairie, TX
Childhood vaccinations can prevent your child from contracting serious or even life-threatening diseases. At Acclaim Pediatrics in Grand Prairie, Texas, board-certified pediatrician Omolara Abitoye, MD, and her experienced medical team offer vaccines based on your child’s age and risk factors. To be proactive about keeping your child healthy, schedule an appointment with Acclaim Pediatrics over the phone or online today.
Vaccines Q & A
What are vaccines?
Vaccines are injections that help create immunity or protection for your child from certain diseases. Vaccinations work by exposing your child to a tiny amount of weakened or dead viruses or bacteria associated with the disease. Their body responds by building up an immunity to certain germs so they can avoid contracting dangerous diseases in the future.
Which childhood vaccines are available?
Acclaim Pediatrics offers the following vaccines for children depending on their age, health, and risk factors:
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
- Chickenpox or varicella
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
- Hepatitis A and hepatitis B
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Meningococcal and pneumococcal (PCV)
- Influenza (flu)
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers vaccination schedules for children based on their age. The Acclaim Pediatrics team works with you to use traditional vaccine schedules or develop a personalized vaccination schedule that meets your child’s unique needs.
Are vaccines required?
Some schools and daycares recommend vaccines when you register your child, but the decision to get vaccinated is entirely up to you. The team at Acclaim Pediatrics discusses the risks and benefits with you to help you make an informed decision.
While vaccines may cause mild redness or soreness at the injection site or other minor side effects, serious reactions are rare, and the risk is small compared to contracting a dangerous disease.
What happens during vaccine administration?
The team at Acclaim Pediatrics can administer vaccines at your child’s wellness exam or even during sick visits. Before giving vaccinations, they review your child’s medical history and immunization records and may complete a physical exam.
During vaccine administration, your child’s provider injects a vaccine into their leg or shoulder. They may administer more than one vaccine at a time, depending on the vaccine schedule you and your child’s doctor decide on.
What should I expect after my child receives a vaccine?
After receiving a vaccine, you may notice redness or tenderness near the injection site that quickly subsides. Other possible temporary side effects include a mild fever, feeling tired, chills, headaches, or muscle or joint aches that might last a day or two.
To learn more about vaccines, and which ones are recommended for your child, schedule an appointment with Acclaim Pediatrics by phone or use the online booking tool today.