Being a parent means ensuring that your child has everything they need to be healthy and happy. While handwashing and avoiding other sick children can certainly reduce your child’s risk for infection, one surefire way to protect your little one and the community at large from certain serious and life-threatening diseases is by visiting our allergist Dr. Alan Sheen, in Metairie and Covington, LA, for regular childhood immunizations.
The Importance of Childhood Immunizations
When you are a new parent looking through all the vaccines your child needs can feel a little daunting. Of course, all of these vaccines are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to protect your child from illnesses that could cause serious complications or disability. Vaccines have the ability to not only protect your child from deadly diseases such as diphtheria and polio but also protect other children and members of the community.
A vaccine injects a weak or deadened version of the disease into the body. This minimal exposure to the disease is enough to trigger your child’s immune system to create the antibodies needed to fight off the disease. By stimulating the body to produce these antibodies it can prevent future infections. Vaccines are incredibly safe and the benefits of getting your child vaccinated far outweigh the potential side effects.
Getting Your Child Vaccinated
Our Metairie, LA, doctor can provide your child with all the vaccines they need from birth until 18 years. Many vaccines are administered within the first six years of life and it’s crucial that all children get these vaccines prior to starting school. The very first vaccine that your child will receive will be at birth (most likely at the hospital). From there on out, you’ll want to talk with our ENT doctor about how often you should bring your child in for vaccines. We can even administer annual flu vaccines to protect your child from the flu virus each winter.
Along with childhood vaccines, Dr. Sheen and his team also offer comprehensive care and treatments for conditions and injuries that affect the health of your ears, nose and throat. With food allergies on the rise, millions of Americans are now dealing with at least one allergy. Our team can help you eliminate your child’s allergy triggers and to provide them with the treatment and medication they need to manage symptoms. If allergy symptoms are severe we can also provide immunotherapy (allergy shots).
If it’s time to bring your child in for their yearly immunizations then call our Metairie or Covington, LA, ENT office at (504) 456-1999 or (985) 246-6077 to schedule an appointment.