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Vaccines are an effective preventive care method. Vaccines are injections designed to give your child protection from serious and infectious diseases. Immunization is the process of being vaccinated and developing resistance to diseases and viruses over time.

Vaccines contain weakened or dead versions of bacteria or viruses to help your child’s body prepare to fight off an infection without exposing them to the symptoms of the disease. The goal is to prompt their immune system to create certain proteins (antibodies) and white blood cells (lymphocytes) to fight off the virus or bacteria. Vaccines are an excellent preventive care tool. Beverly can help you figure out if your child or children need one or more immunizations.

Why might my child need certain vaccines?

For children, vaccines are an especially vital aspect of preventive care because their immune systems are still developing, which can make them especially vulnerable to certain diseases and illnesses. Vaccines help to support your child’s developing immune system by giving it the tools to fight off an infection before they come into contact with it for the first time. Vaccines not only play a critical role in protecting your child, but they’re also integral to protecting vulnerable members of your family and community from illnesses like influenza, measles, chickenpox, and polio.

Which vaccines should children get?

At Agape Family Healthcare, Dr. Beverly provides vaccinations for children and adolescents. Determining the right vaccines for your child depends on several factors, such as their age, health conditions, travel habits, and lifestyle.

Infants and children should receive the following immunizations:
Varicella: for protection from chickenpox
DTaP: for protection from diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus
Hib: for protection from meningitis
MMR: for protection from mumps, measles, and rubella
IPV: for protection from polio
PCV: for protection from pneumococcus
RV: for protection from rotavirus

Dr. Beverly and the team at Agape Family Healthcare also offer vaccinations for the flu, meningitis, whooping cough, human papillomavirus, hepatitis A and B, and more. Which vaccine is right for my child? What are the advantages of vaccines? Vaccines can decrease your child’s risk of contracting life-threatening viruses and infectious diseases by enhancing their immune system. The vaccines offered by Agape Family Healthcare are safe for most people. Dr. Beverly and the team at Agape Family Healthcare can help you determine an appropriate dosing schedule for your child. Some vaccines will need to be administered more than once to be effective. If you’d like more helpful information or if your child is due for vaccines, visit the experienced professionals at Agape Family Healthcare.