Eastside Children’s Clinic believes that immunizations are so essential for children’s health that they offer vaccines at no charge to uninsured patients up to the age of 18. Immunizations protect your child, and your entire family, from getting sick and developing serious complications due to a contagious disease. If you have questions about immunizations or your child needs their shots, call the office in Allen, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
Contagious diseases haven’t disappeared; they’re just kept under control when 90-95% of everyone in the community gets their immunizations. When less than 90% of children are vaccinated, contagious diseases can take hold and quickly spread.
Children need immunizations because their immature immune systems make them more vulnerable to illnesses and infections. Vaccinations protect your child from getting sick with measles, mumps, chickenpox, and other contagious diseases.
In addition to sparing them the misery of illness, immunizations protect your child from serious complications caused by contagious conditions. For example, children younger than five often develop complications from measles such as earaches, diarrhea, pneumonia, and encephalitis, or swelling of the brain.
After your child receives a vaccination, their immune system produces antibodies against the disease or infection. If they encounter the disease in the future, the antibodies immediately recognize the invader and activate the immune system to neutralize and eliminate the problem before your child gets sick. Just as the name implies, immunizations give your child immunity from disease.
Eastside Children’s Clinic offers all pediatric vaccinations, which the team administers on a specific schedule. Many vaccinations require more than one dose, and each dose should be injected at specific intervals to build up the proper level of immunity.
Following the recommended schedule keeps your child on track to get the right dose at the best time. Keeping up with the schedule also means that your child will have all the immunizations they need to enter school.
Vaccinations given from birth throughout their teen years protect your child from diseases such as:
Your child should also receive a flu vaccination every year, beginning at the age of six months. While other immunizations provide long-term protection, children need a yearly flu vaccine because it wears off over time. Also, flu viruses constantly change, so a new vaccine is produced to target that year’s viruses.
If you need to schedule a vaccination or you’re not sure if your child is up-to-date with their immunizations, call Eastside Children’s Clinic or schedule an appointment online.