What Are Immunizations?

Immunizations, also known as vaccines, introduce a child’s immune system to a specific type of bacteria or virus. Each immunization mimics an infection to teach your child’s immune system how to respond, triggering the production of cells that will be able to recognize and fight these harmful particles in the future. This can protect them from getting seriously ill if or when they are eventually exposed to things like chickenpox.

Why Choose to Immunize Your Child

Especially when you are facing an appointment where your baby will receive three or four shots at a time, immunizations can be upsetting and hard to understand. However, they serve a real purpose and are strongly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in protecting your child from dangerous diseases.

They Work

The main reason immunizations are so important is because they have been proven to be effective. Those three or four shots you face in the pediatric office can protect your baby from 14 different infections, all of which can seriously impact or endanger your baby’s health. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has developed a recommended schedule of vaccines to most effectively boost your child’s resistance to disease without overloading their immune system, so you can rest assured that following that schedule and making regular appointments with the Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado is likely to be the best possible choice for your child’s health and safety.

Learn about our office’s policy on vaccines and download an office visit and immunization schedule for your personal records.

Benefits of Immunizations

  • Builds and boosts a child’s immunity
  • Highly effective way of keeping kids healthy
  • Protects them from potentially life-threatening illnesses
  • Designed specifically for each stage of a child’s life
  • Prevents exposing high-risk populations to difficult illnesses

Immunization Requirements

Day care centers, schools, summer camps, and other organizations often require that participating children are up-to-date on their immunizations. Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado strive to make it as easy as possible to administer the vaccines your child needs and create the immunization records you need to register. Our Fort Collins location provides service for families across the Front Range and beyond, and you can reach a member of our team 24/7 if you have any concerns.

Contact Us Today to Learn More

Our Fort Collins team is here to help! You can call today to make your child’s vaccination appointment, or you can get in touch to discuss any concerns you have about immunizations. We are more than happy to talk with you and share trusted resources with you to help you make the best possible decision for your family. We also strive to offer dependable information here on our site — you can find further research on vaccines on our parent resource page and on our blog. Contact us today to get answers to your most important questions!