Immunization

Immunization

Immunizations and vaccinations are a way of creating immunity to certain diseases by using small amounts of a killed or weakened microorganism that causes the particular disease. Some parents may hesitate to have their keiki vaccinated because they're worried that the children will have serious reactions or may get the illness the vaccine is supposed to prevent. Because the components of vaccines are weakened or killed, they are unlikely to cause any serious illness.

WE ASK THE FOLLOWING FROM YOU
  • Keep a shot record.
  • Bring your child's shot record to each visit. If you don't have a record, we will begin one.
  • Immunize your child on time.

Shot records are as important as a birth certificate. It is required for school and college entry, international travel, and military service.

Delaying immunizations can put your child at risk, which may lead to serious complications including hospitalization or even death. Stay on schedule for the best protection against these ten diseases: Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HiB), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox and Hepatitis B.

Ask your health care provider immunization questions.

At every doctor visit (well or sick), ask your health care provider to check your child's immunization record to tell you if your child needs shots. Immunizations can be given at almost any time.

It is up to you.

Vaccinations are your responsibility. Your child's health is dependent on you.

COMFORT TIPS (For Parent and Child)

Prepare your child. Be truthful. Shots are painful, but only for a moment.

Put a warm or cool wash cloth on the injection site. This will relieve some discomfort. A warm bath may also comfort your child.

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