Some Things You Need To Know About Immunizations

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Getting your child immunized is the best way to protect a child from fatal illnesses and is safe for the majority of children. There have been a lot of confusion and misconceptions about immunizations. Here are some things parents should know in order to be well informed about immunizations.

Should Everyone Get Immunized?

The majority of people should get immunized. As long as the person is healthy and doesn't have any serious illnesses that attack the immune system, they should get their immunizations regularly. There are some immunizations that are optional, such as an immunization for young girls that is believed to protect them against cervical cancer. These are immunizations that you can opt into, which is a choice that should be made by parents and their child together.

The only people who shouldn't get immunized are those who have a compromised immune system and whose bodies couldn't handle the exposure to the dead virus. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your child's immunizations.

My Child Is Sick, Should They Get Their Immunizations?

The ideal time to get your child immunized is when they are at their healthiest. The immunizations will work best if the immune system is working as it should so that  can create all the antibodies. Thus, if the child is dealing with something like the croup, a fever, a virus or any other type of illness which compromises the body, you should wait.

At your child's well child check up, the doctor will offer the immunizations. The doctor should do an assessment to see if the child is well enough. If you don't feel like the child is ready for immunizations, discuss it with your doctor and come up with a new schedule for them to receive their shots.

Should I Give My Child Tylenol Before The Shots?

Lastly, many parents wonder if they should give their child some sort of fever-reducing medicine before the shots to help with the discomfort. In the past some doctors thought it was a good idea to give them medicine for this very reason. However it has since been discovered that the Tylenol can suppress the immune system so that the immunization doesn't work as well. Instead, wait to give the child any medicine and see if they spike a fever. Then if the child is feverish, you can give the Tylenol.

These are just a couple things you need to know about immunizations. Contact a pediatrician's office like with any other questions you may have regarding immunizations and your child's health.


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