Vaccinations in Alexandria, VA
Vaccinations are one of the easiest, most effective ways to safeguard your child’s health. Our pediatricians at West End Pediatrics can easily administer vaccinations to help keep your child healthy.
Why Your Child Needs Vaccinations
Vaccinations protect your child from serious, contagious diseases like the flu, meningitis, hepatitis, and more. When your child is vaccinated, it limits the spread of illness and disease. Vaccinations help protect other members of your family too, including you.
Effectiveness of Vaccinations
Vaccinations boast a high success rate of 90-99% in preventing contagious, infectious, and serious diseases, according to healthychildren.org.
Safety of Vaccinations
When a vaccine is in development, the vaccine goes through a rigorous process of testing and approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, before it is released for public use.
Recommended and Required Vaccinations
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides a list of required vaccinations from birth to 18 years old. These include:
- Hepatitis B
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
- Haemophilus influenza type B
- Pneumococcal conjugate
- Measles, mumps, rubella
- Hepatitis A
- Human papillomavirus
- Meningococcal conjugate
Additional Facts about Vaccinations
Vaccinations are required for your child to attend daycare or school. You must show documentation that your child is current on vaccinations. Your pediatrician can provide you with the documentation you need. Vaccinations can be easily administered by your pediatrician at your child’s regular pediatric visits, school and sports physicals, and routine or urgent care visits.