If you have a young child, chances are they are going to need to get vaccinations. While people of all ages get vaccinations, it’s especially important that children, who are often more vulnerable to getting sick, get the immunizations they need. Still, it is important to communicate with your doctor about child’s immunizations. Your doctor will be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions. Here are a few questions you might ask your doctor about immunizations.
- Does my child need to get vaccinated? I heard that vaccinations are problematic. Your doctor will probably answer that yes your child should get vaccinated and also that vaccinations are completely safe for children, but it is still good to talk with them and get all of the facts.
- What vaccinations should my child get and when? Your primary care physician will help you with a schedule of immunizations that will keep your child from getting sick now and as he or she grows older. You will set up initial vaccinations while also making long term plans for boosters down the road.
- What if my child has a side effect or allergic reaction to a vaccination? While it’s very rare, sometimes children do experience side effects or even allergic reactions to vaccinations. It’s probably nothing to worry about, but make sure to talk to your doctor. If you suspect your child is having an allergic reaction, contact your doctor immediately. They should be able to advise you on what to do.
- Should my child get a flu vaccine? It is highly recommended that most people get flu vaccines each year, including children. However, the vaccine is usually not recommended for very young children. Regardless, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the flu vaccine each year.
No matter what your questions may be, your family doctor is a valuable resource for keeping your child healthy.