Immunizations Specialist

Village Pediatric Group

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine located in Tuckahoe, NY

Making sure your child has an updated immunization record helps protect them from infectious diseases that can, in some cases, be quite harmful. The team of board-certified pediatricians at Village Pediatric Group, in Tuckahoe, New York, can initiate and update your child’s immunizations as needed and can answer any questions you might have about vaccines. To schedule your child’s immunization appointment, call the office today, or book online.

Immunizations Q & A

What are immunizations?

Immunizations are medical treatments that protect your child from infectious diseases. Also referred to as vaccinations, immunizations contain a small amount of a weakened or dead germ known to cause illness. When injected into the body, it triggers the immune system to create antibodies that protect against the germ or illness so your child doesn’t get sick. 

What immunizations do children need?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of the types of immunizations your child needs and when. Some of the most common immunizations include:

  • Mumps, rubella, tetanus, and polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chickenpox

Immunizations start during infancy and are updated throughout childhood. Starting immunizations at an early age helps bolster your child’s immune system.

Why should my child have immunizations?

It's easier to prevent disease than to treat it. Immunizations protect your child from potentially life-threatening and highly contagious viruses and diseases, such as whooping cough, mumps, and measles, and helps prevent these diseases from spreading to others.

Children receive most of their vaccinations between the ages of 0-6 years old, with the majority given within the first three years. Many schools insist that their students have up-to-date vaccination records and won’t allow pupils to attend unless they do.

Medical professionals administer some vaccines, like the flu vaccine, every year. This is because the flu strain changes each year and the vaccine has to evolve to match. Other vaccines, like tetanus, require boosters every ten years or so.

Call Village Pediatric Group if your child is behind on their immunizations, and they will create a new vaccination schedule for them.

Are immunizations safe?

You may have concerns about immunizations because you’re injecting your child with a germ known to cause illness. However, the amount given is so small it doesn’t have much of an effect on health but does stimulate the immune system to create a means of protection against the disease. Prior to immunizations, children only became immune to these diseases after contracting and surviving them. 

Many parents also worry about a connection between immunizations and other illnesses, such as autism. But all vaccines are tested for years before they’re allowed to be used universally and have not been shown to cause any long-term health problems, including autism.

Immunizations keep your entire family safe from harmful diseases. Schedule your child’s immunizations or find out more by calling Village Pediatric Group or make an appointment through the online booking portal.