Immunizations in Amarillo, TX
Immunizations Help Protect Children From Serious Diseases. Pediatricians at Children’s Healthcare Associates Provides a Immunizations and Vaccines to Children of All Ages.
It is entirely understandable for any parent to experience anxiety regarding their child’s overall health, as illnesses and injuries can often happen outside of one’s control. That said, providing immunizations for your child is a crucial way of protecting your child from harm and illness. At Children’s Healthcare Associates, we are passionate about caring for your child’s health, and we deploy all of our expertise precisely to that end. That is why we are happy to offer any essential vaccine to all children who enter our doors of any age.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines work by introducing a small trace of a particular virus into the immune system in a controlled and contained manner. In this way, the immune system can build a response to that virus without getting overwhelmed and becoming ill from it. Some vaccines include a live or attenuated virus in a weakened form so that your immune system can encounter the closest thing to the virus without becoming infected by it. Once the virus enters your body, your immune system will register it as a foreign substance. Your immune system will then build up antibodies that are necessary to neutralize the virus. Furthermore, it will remember that virus so that it is prepared to neutralize the virus should its pathogens enter your body again. As such, vaccines enable a person to become immunized to an illness without first getting infected.
What kinds of vaccines should my child receive, and when should they receive them?
Within the first year of your child’s life and up until they enter school, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that your child receives quite a few standard vaccinations. These include the following:
- Hepatitis B within 24 hours of birth, one to two months after birth, and between six and 18 months of age.
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP), Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV), Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), and the Rotavirus vaccine (RV) when they are two, four, and six months old.
- At six months, your child should receive an influenza shot, which will occur annually henceforth.
After the first year, some of the above immunizations will require supplemental doses. The CDC recommends that the PCV and HIB vaccine be administered at 12 to 15 months of age, along with chickenpox (varicella) and the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The CDC also recommends that DTaP be administered between the ages of 15 and 18 months, and between the ages of four and six years. IPV is also delivered between the ages of four and six, along with the MMR and varicella vaccines. The vaccine for Hepatitis A is also typically administered when between the ages of 12 to 23 months.
Following vaccinations include the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) and meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV), along with a DTaP booster, once your child reaches the age of 11 or 12, and also a Meningococcal B vaccine (MenB) between the ages of 16 and 18.
Why should my child receive immunizations?
Your child should receive the necessary immunizations not only for their health, but also for the health of your family, friends, and community! Vaccinations will ensure that your child does not become infected by various illnesses that have the potential to be fatal. Moreover, in protecting your child from contracting a disease, vaccines also ensure that your child does not spread the virus to others.
When enough people become immunized to an illness, a community develops what is called herd immunity. If your child or anyone that you know has a compromised immune system due to cancer or an autoimmune disorder, herd immunity is vital to their health and survival. This reason is that those with compromised immune systems cannot receive immunizations and are at risk of adverse reactions to the virus. As such, it is doubly important for those who can get vaccinated to do so!
Does insurance cover immunizations?
Medical insurance providers are required to cover immunizations that are mandated by the CDC, according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). For our part at Children’s Healthcare Associates, we partner with most major health insurance companies, including Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross, Medicaid, and more! Please make sure that you verify that your coverage is active prior to your appointment at Children’s Healthcare Associates to ensure the most streamlined process.
Come to Children’s Healthcare Associates for any immunization that your child requires! If you would like to book an appointment, you can do so online or by calling us. Children’s Healthcare Associates is located at 1901 Medi Park Dr, Suite 2001, in Amarillo, Texas, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.