Posts for: March, 2019
Your child's long term health deserves the best possible protection. That's why Dr. Kenneth Kim, your child doctor in Fairfax, VA, and his professional team urge parents to keep their children's immunizations current, avoiding the many harmful symptoms and complications of a variety of communicable diseases. Learn more here about the importance of vaccines.
Just what is an immunization?
Also called vaccines, inoculations or even "shots," childhood immunizations are medications introduced into the body to confer protection against communicable diseases. One of the most famous childhood immunizations is the polio vaccine which has all but eradicated infantile paralysis in the United States and other developed countries.
Vaccines contain live or weakened bacteria or viruses, and when placed under the skin or muscle via injections, they start the body's own defense systems against specific diseases. The body responds to the vaccine by producing antibodies, proteins which combat foreign invaders.
Your child doctor in Fairfax, VA, firmly believes in the routine administration of vaccines--according to specific schedules--to give as much protection as possible against diseases such as:
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
In all, vaccines defend children against 18 diseases. Vaccines start at birth and go through age 18. Dr. Kim strictly adheres to the vaccination schedules from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control. These schedules include a "catch-up" schedule for youngsters who have not received all their shots on time for various reasons.
It's not just for your child
Childhood immunizations confer a community immunity, or herd immunity, that is very important. And, it's another reason why Dr. Kim urges you to keep current with immunizations. Widely distributed and on-time immunizations given to as many healthy kids as possible benefit us all, including those children and teens who cannot for medical reasons receive their shots.
A word about safety and practicality...
Vaccines are safe, and while your child may experience localized swelling, tenderness, redness, or even a low-grade fever after an inoculation, these concerns are miniscule compared to the serious complications illnesses may cause.
Plus, from the practical side of things, many organizations, most schools and day cares and other child-centered activities require shot records for admission. Your friends at Kenneth J. Kim Pediatrics will maintain these important records and distribute them as needed per your request.
Do you have questions?
Your child will receive his or her vaccines according to the age-appropriate schedule at his or her well-child visit from their child doctor at Kenneth J. Kim Pediatrics. We'd love to answer any questions you have so you feel assured of the safety and efficacy of these vital medications. Call us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment at our Fairfax, VA, office at (703) 246-0022.
Has it been a while since your child had a checkup? The exams help pediatricians detect signs of health conditions and diseases and ensure that there are no issues with your child's growth or development. Pediatric checkups are among the services that Dr. Kenneth Kim, your child's Fairfax, VA, child doctor, offers.
Why should I schedule a checkup for my child?
Sick visits are no substitute for checkups. If your child has the flu or injures their arm, the visit will focus primarily on those health issues. Although every visit always includes a check of your child's vital signs, sick visits don't provide an overall picture of your son or daughter's health due to time limitations.
During checkups, your child's Fairfax pediatrician will evaluate his or growth and development. If there are delays or concerns, he'll discuss options and possible treatments that will help your son or daughter reach milestones.
Checkups are the perfect time to review your child's immunizations. Immunizations not only protect your child from developing measles, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and other diseases, but also protect children too young or sick to receive these vaccines. If your child needs an immunization, it can be provided during the checkup.
Visits will also include discussions of your child's health during the past year. The questions your child's pediatrician asks you and your child can help him spot symptoms of conditions and diseases that can occur during childhood. For example, if your daughter mentions that she is thirstier than normal and her vision isn't always clear, the pediatrician can recommend a blood test to rule out diabetes. The checkup also offers the perfect opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about your child's health and development.
Safeguard your child's health by scheduling a checkup. Call Dr. Kenneth Kim, your child's Fairfax, VA, child doctor at (703) 246-0022 to make an appointment.