Immunizations Specialist

Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics

Gina Labovitz, MD

Pediatric Clinic located in Hoover, AL

Being able to protect your precious child against some of the most unpleasant and damaging diseases is an advantage that no parent should pass up. Gina Labovitz, MD, FAAP, of Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics in Hoover, Alabama, is a board-certified pediatrician who knows how valuable it is to provide children with the assurance of better health using modern immunization programs. If you want to know more about immunization or to book your child in for their vaccinations, call the clinic today, or use the online tool.

Immunizations

Why does my child need immunizations?

Immunization is an invaluable tool that helps you protect your child’s health and is one of the best ways to safeguard your child’s future. By following the recommended vaccination schedule, you’re preventing them from contracting diseases such as:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Chickenpox
  • Rotavirus
  • Pneumococcal infection
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Polio
  • Flu

Being vaccinated against serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses ensures your child doesn’t experience the misery of being sick or risk any complications that could have long-term consequences.

How does immunization work?

Immunization uses the body’s immune system to create a defense against specific infections. When an infection enters your body, the immune system recognizes it as a threat and stimulates your white blood cells to produce antibodies. These antibodies are like a biological army on a mission to wipe out the invading infection, and they do a remarkable job of keeping you healthy.

Once your body overcomes the infection, the antibodies can identify an invading bacteria or virus that’s the same as one they’ve already encountered and eradicate it very quickly, often before you experience any symptoms.

This immune response works even if it’s years after the initial infection. This is why if you’ve had a disease such as chicken pox or measles, you won’t get it again — your body has antibodies ready and waiting to destroy the virus if you come into contact with it.

Immunizations use your immune system function to create antibodies for specific diseases by introducing a vaccine, which is a specially prepared sample of the infection into your body.

Vaccines are either a dead form of the organism or a weakened live version or in some cases an inactive toxin the organism produces. These substances won’t cause your child to contract the disease, but they do allow the immune system to create the antibodies that protect your child from infection in the future.

When should my child receive immunizations?

The CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Academy of Family Physicians approve a schedule each year that lists when children should be immunized and what with. Dr. Labovitz and her team at Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics follow the recommended schedule as it offers the most effective form of protection for all children.

Between their birth and the age of 18, children should see Dr. Labovitz for their immunizations in line with the official schedule, to ensure they receive optimum protection.

Immunization is a safe, highly effective way of sparing you and your child the misery of serious illness, so if you aren’t already following the schedule, call Ross Bridge Medical Center Pediatrics today or book an appointment online.