Vaccines, which contain dead or weakened diseases, stimulate the body to
produce antibodies against that disease. This results in
immunization, which is the process by which a person gains protection against a disease.
Every child needs certain vaccines administered at specific times. In
fact, your child should receive his or her first vaccine before leaving
the hospital after labor and delivery. If you have questions or concerns
about your child’s vaccination schedule and you live in San Jose,
consider speaking with a pediatrician at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Vaccinations protect your child.
There are many
serious diseases that can be entirely prevented by administering vaccines. These include diphtheria, whooping cough, polio,
measles, and meningitis. Not only do these dangerous diseases cause considerable
suffering, but they can result in the death of unvaccinated children.
Having your child vaccinated in accordance with his or her pediatrician’s
recommendations will protect your child’s health for many years to come.
Vaccinations have minimal risks.
Many parents have concerns about the potential risks of vaccines. Health
experts widely agree that the risks are minimal. Most often, vaccinated
individuals will experience some redness, swelling, and discomfort at
the injection site. These side effects are temporary and a small price
to pay for protection against deadly diseases.
Vaccinations protect your community.
Getting your child vaccinated is a civic responsibility because it safeguards
public health. Many people are unable to be vaccinated, including those
with weakened immune systems and certain allergies. These individuals
are at risk of contracting diseases spread by others who were voluntarily
left unvaccinated. Babies who are too young to have received all of their
vaccines are also at risk.
Vaccinations support your family’s lifestyle.
Receiving a vaccination is much like getting an insurance policy. It protects
your family’s lifestyle as well as your child’s health. Dealing
with a serious, prolonged illness can result in significant medical costs
and perhaps long-term disability care. Additionally, even if they never
become ill, unvaccinated children may be prohibited from being enrolled
in daycare and schools.
For years, families throughout San Jose have turned to
Good Samaritan Hospital for compassionate, family-centered care for their children. Our community
hospital offers a full spectrum of preventive and interventional care
for children, along with supportive maternity services. You can request
a referral to a specialist at our hospital by calling our Consult-A-Nurse
line at (888) 724-2362.