Vaccines for Your Children. 9 Facts Parents Need To Know.
With so much misinformation on the internet and television about the dangers and risk of immunizations, it can be difficult for parents to separate the facts from the fears.
Pediatricians and other health care providers at Cook Children’s are concerned about the rise in preventable diseases, and even more concerned about the risks they pose to babies, kids, teens and adults.
Alice Phillips, M.D., a Cook Children's pediatrician, welcomes a conversation with her patient families. She said her job is to listen to concerned parents in a respectful way to try to provide facts and calm their worries.
“I try to answer them with what my experiences as a practitioner have been. I tell them not only what I’ve seen as a physician and explain all the science supporting immunization, but what I’ve done as a mom,” Dr. Phillips said. “My children are vaccinated. I believe in vaccines. Many times, a parent just needs kindness, compassion and assurance that they are making the right decision for their child. I truly want them to know that receiving a vaccine is the right decision for your child.”
So, to clear up some of the confusion, and to help parents make the best decisions for their kids, here are some basic facts about immunizations.
The doctors at Cook Children’s follow these guidelines for not only their patient parents, but in their own personal lives:
- Vaccines save lives
- Vaccines are safe
- Vaccines protect those that can’t be vaccinated
- We vaccinate our own kids
Back to School Vaccines
Make sure that your child is up to date on vaccines. As your kids get older, your school might prevent them from enrolling in classes or other benefits, which might make it difficult to get their classes scheduled, etc. Vaccines are routinely scheduled at 4 years old (measles, whooping cough and polio among others), 11-12 (whooping cough and meningitis) and 16 (meningitis). At Cook Children's, we also recommend the HPV vaccination starting at age 11.
Click any of the links below to find where you can get your vaccines in the Tarrant County area:
- Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County
- Childhood Vaccine Assessment Tool (CDC)
- American Cancer Society and HPV
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Cook Children’s Vaccines and Immunizations
- Immunization Action Coalition
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine
- Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Vaccinate Your Family
- Voices for Vaccines
- Allied Vaccine Group
- Texas Department of State Health Services