Immunization — Let’s TalkAs we approach the flu season, we are reminded of how every year at least a couple kids that are perfectly normal have a very bad outcome from a very common disease. As pediatricians, we learn about these cases on a regular basis. In fact, last year 140 children died of the flu. Fifty percent of those children were perfectly healthy children with no medical problems.
We would love to have a population of healthy happy children, but this is not reality. We have patients with:
- immune system deficiencies
- chronic diseases
- heart defects or
- lung problems
- cerebral palsy
Something as common as asthma puts kids in danger of serious illness from the flu.
Over the last five years, one of the most common problems associated with bad illness due to flu was simply being overweight. Considering that one quarter to one third of America’s children are overweight, this is a concerning relationship.
Being immunized is the only known way to either protect you from the flu or to decrease its severity. Immunization is the best way to protect you from many preventable infectious diseases. With the outbreaks of measles and mumps and pertussis over the last several years, it must be considered that an individual’s decision to not immunize is dangerous for other children and members of our community.
We currently stock the flu vaccine and highly recommend it. In fact, we strongly support the vaccine philosophy and schedule proposed by the ACIP and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please see our vaccine section on our website and the vaccine statement that we have in that location. View some of the links to videos and documentaries.
Please consider conversation with us at your visits in the office. Through mutual trust and understanding we can offer the safest and most up-to-date care for your child. We hope that you will help us to decrease the disease burden and increase the health of all the children in our community.