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The ABCs of Immunization

photo of doctor giving vaccination to a young boyEveryone wants the best for their child. As a parent, we try our best to keep our children safe such as utilizing baby gates, using car seats and keeping possible hazards out of their reach. However, some things go unnoticed when raising a child but are just as important. For instance, vaccinating your child is one of the best ways to protect them. In fact, there are numerous reasons why you should make sure your children have all their vaccinations.

 

Saves Lives

As most any MD would state, a simple immunization can save lives. Indeed, they help protect your child from many types of diseases. Additionally, immunizations can help remove some diseases entirely. For instance, polio was once a widespread disease that killed thousands. In truth, many people truly feared polio because it caused paralysis and even death. However, since the vaccination there have been no reports of the disease in the United States.

Safe and Effective

Before vaccines are approved, they are carefully reviewed by physicians, scientists and healthcare professionals. Although they may cause discomfort, pain and tenderness, compared to the actual trauma of the disease, the discomfort is relatively minor. As well, sometimes there can be side effects from a certain immunization like a severe allergy reaction. But side effects are not too common and rarely happen.

Can Save Time and Money

A child who is not immunized oftentimes is not allowed to attend public school or childcare facilities. As well, diseases that can be prevented by vaccines can result in prolonged disabilities and high medical costs. In contrast, getting immunized is a great preventative to safeguarding against diseases and can drastically reduce medical costs. As well, vaccines are typically available at low cost or at a reasonable price with insurance.

Protects Future Generations

Getting immunized is a great way to prevent the spread of diseases. Not only does it reduce the chance of getting a life threatening disease but it also prevents the disease from passing on to the next generation. For instance, pregnant mothers who were vaccinated against rubella in their childhood are less likely to pass the virus on to their unborn infant. Moreover, in some instances, vaccines have actually helped eliminate diseases such as small pox.

Questions and Answers

As a parent, you may have important questions about your little one getting an immunization, especially if your child is still an infant. At Johns Creek Dermatology and Family Medicine, Zack Charkawi addresses all your concerns about any and all health topics. As well, and with professional MD expertise, Zack Charkawi feels that the benefits of vaccines help protect patients throughout their entire life.

Zack Charkawi’s practice is conveniently located in Johns Creek close to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway (Highway 141) and McGinnis Ferry Road. In fact, it is right across from Emory Johns Creek Hospital on Hospital Parkway. Dr. Charkawi is accepting new patients from North Fulton, South Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and the surrounding North Atlanta areas like Duluth, Alpharetta, Cumming, Dawsonville, Johns Creek, Roswell, Suwanee and other areas.

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