Today’s society is divided on whether or not your child should receive an immunization. Dr. Jabbour believes that immunizations are an incredibly important (and effective) tool in preventing serious and even fatal diseases in children. Contrary to what some alarmists may want you to believe, we stand by the mountain of medical data that supports the safety of the vaccines used in modern pediatrics. Kids First Pediatric Clinic routinely vaccinates children against the following deadly illnesses:
- Hepatitis A and B - A virus that causes an inflammation of the liver and can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
- Rotavirus - A common virus that causes diarrhea. Symptoms include severe dehydration, fever, vomiting.
- Diphtheria - Bacterial infection affecting the nose and throat. Symptoms include weakness, swollen glands and sore throat.
- Tetanus - Bacterial disease affecting the nervous system. It interferes with the ability to breath. Commonly known as "lockjaw."
- Pertussis (“whooping cough”) - Contagious respiratory disease. Symptoms include uncontrollable and violent coughing and difficulty breathing.
- Pneumococcal and Meningococcal bacteria - Also known as meningitis that can cause brain damage, or stroke due to inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain.
- Polio - Contagious viral illness that may cause paralysis and difficulty breathing.
- Influenza - Viral infection that affects your nose, throat and lungs.
- Measles - Symptoms include fever, rash, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and soar throat.
- Mumps - Symptoms include weakness, pain or stiffness in the neck, dehydration, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
- Rubella - Symptoms resemble the measels but is caused by a different virus
- Varicella (chickenpox) - Contagious illness that causes a rash and makes the body itchy with red spots and blisters all over the body.
Contact Kids First Pediatric Clinic today for more information on when to schedule your child for a vaccination. It's important to keep your child's immunizations on schedule and up to date. Click here to review CDC’s complete updated schedule of immunizations for children ages 0-18.