It’s that time of year. The time when every cough, sneeze, rise in temperature, or complaint of minor aches sends parents into a state of alarm. Colder weather and close contact with schoolmates can compromise those little immune systems. The threat of coming down with a cold or flu becomes all real as we enter fall and winter. Then, once one family member gets sick, the germs will likely make the rounds to everyone else one or two times. Prevention is definitely important to avoid month-long home quarantines. Vaccines for children, such as an annual flu shot, can help.
Expert Advice on Vaccines for Children
Some have very strong opinions on the matter of vaccinations. But, I believe it’s up to each family to make that decision for themselves. So, what should you know before you choose vaccines for children? I found an article on the Stanford Children’s Health site helpful. Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, MD of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford offers recommendations to assist parents as they decide what’s best for their children.
The article touches on key points in the discussion of vaccines for children. Dr. Maldonado highlights the dangers of not getting vaccinations, which ones are important, safety and side effects, and how parents can prepare for these. Several vaccinations are required for school-age children and some need periodic boosters. Other vaccines for children are optional so parents should take the time to research each.
Vaccinations and Open Communication
The main takeaway for me was the importance of good communication. Establish and maintain an open dialogue with your doctor regarding any concerns you might have about vaccines for children. This will help you make informed decisions when it comes to your children to keep them healthy and happy.
Be sure to establish a good relationship with your child’s primary-care doctor so that they can track your child’s progress. — Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, MD.
Again, to vaccinate your child or not is a personal choice. So, if you’d like to weigh in here, please keep any comments respectful. 🙂 You can find the full post here. To learn more and to find a Stanford Children’s Health location nearest you, visit the links below.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stanford Children’s Health. The opinions and text are all mine.