The Importance of Immunizations

If you live in or around Pendleton and have children needing immunizations and/or a routine check-up, Pediatric Specialists of Pendleton has you covered.

What Are Immunizations?

Immunizations (or vaccines) introduce a small dose of a virus/bacteria to our bodies. These vaccines train the immune system to identify and fight off the dangerous bacteria or virus. Vaccinating our children is the best way to keep them free of infection when they are exposed to these germs.

For children and adolescents, immunizations are a series of shots that help develop antibodies for a wide array of potential health risks. Vaccines against diphtheria, measles, hepatitis, and whooping cough are some of the valuable immunizations which help to give boosts in needed protection. Certain diseases, like polio or smallpox, have virtually been eradicated through the use of immunizations.

Additional vaccinations include:

  • Rotavirus

  • Tetanus

  • Influenza

  • Pneumococcal conjugate

  • Mumps

  • Rubella

  • HPV

  • Meningitis

  • Varicella (chicken pox)

When Should My Child Be Immunized?

Recommended immunization schedules are listed on the CDC website and can be viewed here. You can also contact Pediatric Specialists of Pendleton to discuss your immunization needs.

Following the immunization schedules means that children and adolescents aren’t overloaded with too many shots at once and allows the body to successfully build protective antibodies.

Immunizations will need to be up-to-date for school-aged children. Most schools require current immunization records as part of the enrollment process. Make sure to check your child’s immunization records to make sure they aren’t missing any needed vaccines.

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns about immunizations or are looking to schedule an appointment, we’re here to help. You can contact us at (541) 276-0250. We look forward to seeing you in the office!

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