Appropriate vaccination plays a key role in your child’s (and the population’s) health and well-being. Immunizations help protect us against the spread of serious illnesses and the seasonal flu.
Made from weakened or dead versions of the bacteria or viruses, vaccinations prime the body to mount an attack against invaders by producing antibodies, helping the body fight back more effectively.
Parents often have concerns about whether they can vaccinate a child who has a cold or a stomach bug. In most cases, these children can be safely immunized. Those who have had a fever within 24 hours, or who have an immune disorder, should check with their physicians.
Most importantly, stick to the recommended schedule. A delay interferes with the process of building an effective immune response. Talk to your pediatrician for a list of recent vaccination changes.
To find out more about vaccines and to request an appointment with a Henry Ford pediatrician, visit HenryFord.com/Vaccines or call 800-HENRYFORD (436-7936).