Immunizations Specialist

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Grand Rapids, MI

If you want to protect your child from a range of potentially life-threatening diseases, immunizations are essential. At Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the highly experienced team members provide comprehensive immunization programs for children of all ages. Prevent the threat of illnesses like measles, polio, and whooping cough by calling Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Immunizations Q&A

Why should my child have immunizations?

Immunizations are a vital part of protecting your child against numerous diseases, many of which can have serious and even fatal consequences. Ensuring your child follows the vaccination schedule recommended by the team at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan ensures protection from such diseases as:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Chickenpox
  • Rotavirus
  • Pneumococcal infection
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Influenza

Immunizations are a safe and effective way of sparing your child from the suffering these diseases cause and guarding against the risk of complications.

How does the immune system work?

Your immune system is constantly working on preventing harmful organisms from causing damage by producing antibodies to fight any invasion.

Antibodies kill organisms like bacteria and viruses. To work, they need to match the organism precisely, so for every new infection, your body needs to create the right antibody. Once your immune system defeats the infection, it stores the template of the antibodies it used in case you encounter the same infection again.

If you do come into contact with the same microorganism at a later date, your immune system immediately identifies it and produces the right antibody to kill it. At its most effective, once you’ve had certain diseases (like chickenpox), there’s only a minimal chance you would ever get it again.

How do immunizations work?

Immunizations use the abilities of your immune system to create a natural defense against invading organisms.

When your child receives an immunization, they’re getting a vaccine that triggers an immune response in their body. Vaccines are inactive or weakened samples of the infectious organism, or they might use an inactivated toxin produced by the organism.

Receiving an immunization introduces the substance to your child’s body in a safe form. That means they won’t get sick, but their immune system will have all the information it needs to produce the right antibodies.

If your child does come in contact with the disease after immunization, their body can fight and kill the infection even though they’ve never had the disease before.

When should I take my child for their immunizations?

The team at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan uses the approved schedule produced by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians each year.

This schedule includes details of when children should receive their immunizations and the vaccines they should have. It’s based on the best available evidence to ensure the optimal degree of safety and effectiveness for your child.

The Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan team can advise you on the correct immunization schedule. Call them today to find out more or book an appointment online.