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Why Vaccination is so Important

Vaccines are an important part of your child’s overall health, but they can also help protect yourself, your community, and future generations from infectious diseases. In fact, they are so important that the World Health Organization (WHO) rated vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 global health concerns in 2019

By ensuring your family is up-to-date on their necessary vaccines, you can help protect those in your community as well. At Zalam Medical Center in Bridgeview, Illinois, Dr. Nazem Alzalam, MD offers all the necessary vaccinations that your child needs to stay healthy. Read on to find out why these vaccines are so important. 

How do vaccines work?

While there are many types of vaccines for different conditions, they all work in similar ways. Vaccines work by exposing your child’s body to a weakened or inactive form of an infection so that their immune system can develop a protective response against that infection. 

By having exposure through a vaccine, your child can build up antibodies against that disease. If they are then exposed to the infection, the vaccine should help protect them from infection or help ensure they get a milder case. 

Are vaccines safe?

Over the years, some people have raised concerns about vaccine safety. Rest assured, vaccines are developed under careful scientific procedures and thoroughly tested to ensure safety for you and your child. 

Before vaccines are licensed by the FDA, they go through years of testing in labs as well as extensive testing in clinical trials. Even after licensing, the FDC and other federal agencies continue to monitor vaccines in order to evaluate possible safety issues as they arise. 

If you still have questions, Dr. Alzalam is here to answer them so that you can fully understand vaccine safety and efficacy. 

Are there side effects?

For most children, side effects include pain, redness, and soreness near the injection site. Some young children may have a mild fever for a few days. 

It’s rare to have a serious allergic reaction to vaccines. However, if you or your child has a history of egg or gelatine allergies, be sure to let Dr. Alzalem know. 

Why are vaccines so important?

Vaccines are incredibly important because they protect you and your child from serious diseases. Vaccines also contribute to something called “herd immunity,” which is when enough people are vaccinated in a community that people who cannot get vaccines, like the immune-compromised or elderly, are also protected.

Thanks to vaccination programs around the world, the prevalence of diseases such as smallpox, polio, tetanus, measles, and diphtheria have been eradicated or greatly reduced. Because of their importance, your local school might require proof of your child’s vaccinations before enrollment. 

What vaccines does my child need?

The vaccines your child needs depends on their age and the previous vaccines they’ve had. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an easy-to-understand immunization schedule

Dr. Alzalam offers the full range of immunizations that your child may need, including: 

Vaccinations protect your child’s health. Dr. Alzalam and our team at Zalam Medical Center can help you understand which vaccinations they need and keep them on track. If your child needs initial or booster immunizations, call our office today at 708- 599-8000, or request an appointment online.

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