Vaccines Specialist

Pediatric Associates of Plano

Pediatricians located on campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Plano Hospital, Plano, TX

At Pediatric Associates of Plano, your child can receive all of the recommended vaccinations that protect against potentially dangerous diseases. At the office in Plano, Texas, on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, Theresa Shouse, MD, and the pediatrics team create a timeline for your child to receive vaccinations against conditions like measles, mumps, and chickenpox. The team also works closely with you when you can’t vaccinate, or choose not to, to protect your child’s overall health and development. To learn more about the benefits of vaccinations, contact Pediatric Associates of Plano by phone or through the online booking feature.

Vaccines

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are an important part of preventive medicine that helps build up your immunity against certain diseases that are considered highly contagious or life-threatening in young children and those with weakened immune systems.

Vaccines work by introducing a weakened or dead virus into the body to help your child’s immune system recognize and build up their defenses against them. Receiving a vaccine doesn’t give your child the disease.

The team at Pediatric Associates of Plano strongly believes in the safety and benefits of vaccinations. They offer all necessary vaccines including those that protect against diseases such as:

  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis
  • Chickenpox
  • Whooping cough
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Your child can also receive a flu shot.

When should I schedule a vaccination appointment?

To keep your child well-protected against disease and up to date on all necessary vaccinations, the pediatricians typically provide vaccines during routine wellness exams. They follow the schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administer vaccines based on your child’s age and existing health needs.

Several vaccines are given soon after birth and throughout infancy, when your child’s immune system is still developing. In some cases, children with allergies can’t tolerate the ingredients in a vaccine and your pediatrician can create an alternative plan to protect them from the disease.

Your child may also need additional vaccinations if you plan to travel with them outside of the United States to protect them from diseases more common in other parts of the world.

What are the benefits of vaccinations?

The disease vaccinations prevent the cause of serious health complications, including premature death, in children. By getting your child vaccinated, you significantly reduce their risk for long-term health issues.

Additionally, vaccinating your children on schedule also helps to protect kids in the community who can’t receive vaccinations due to underlying health issues and allergies. This ensures that communities as a whole are better prepared to stop the spread of dangerous diseases.

If you have any questions or concerns about the safety or effectiveness of vaccinations, be sure to discuss them first with your provider at Pediatric Associates of Plano before you make a decision.

You can call the office to schedule a consultation today or request an appointment using the online booking feature now.