Childhood Immunizations

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Childhood Immunizations services offered in Spokane, WA

Immunizations throughout childhood and adolescence lower your child’s disease risks throughout life. At Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane in Spokane, Washington, Jenn Kalisvaart, MD, FAAP, Kim Resleff, ARNP, and the professional team provide childhood immunizations and boosters to improve your child’s immune system. 

In keeping with their mission to provide the best care for your child and family, they follow the CDC and AAP's recommended vaccination schedules. Vaccines have been very well-researched, and the benefits of routine childhood immunization far outweigh any possible side effects, and they know that vaccines prevent life-threatening illnesses and deaths.

They are parents also and know that your child is your top priority. This is why the team is always available to answer questions you have about vaccinations. They strive to provide you with reputable resources and information.

The team at Centennial Pediatrics will review the vaccinations your child is due for at each well child check and even offer vaccine-only visits to keep patients up-to-date. Call the office to keep up with your child's immunizations today.

Childhood Immunizations Q&A

What are childhood immunizations?

Childhood immunizations are shots your child can get to protect them from certain illnesses. Vaccines can have one or more doses or boosters, and the Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane team can help you stay on track with getting all the vaccines your child needs. 

Immunizations contain proteins from specific pathogens like viruses and bacteria or weak or inactive versions of the viruses or bacteria. In either case, your child’s immune system registers the germs and can create protective antibodies against them. 

Thanks to vaccines, there are many illnesses that were once deadly to children and are now almost completely eradicated. While you might find mixed information about vaccines online, all major medical organizations urge your child to get them if they’re eligible. 

Which immunizations do children need?

Children can benefit from immunizations against many diseases. There is a recommended schedule for these immunizations, which the team at Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane helps you follow. 

Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane provides immunizations for children against:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Measles
  • Polio 
  • Rotavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Influenza

The flu vaccine is different from the others because it changes every year according to which strains are projected to be the most active. This means your child needs to come in every year sometime before flu season to get the annual flu shot. 

Why are childhood immunizations important?

As your child grows up, their immune system develops naturally and gets more advanced and protective as time goes on. Immunizations assist your child’s immune system with learning to recognize and fight specific diseases. If your child later comes into contact with a specific illness, they either don’t get sick at all or get much milder symptoms than they would without immunization.

Immunization isn’t only important for the individual but also for the community. The more people in a community are immunized against a disease, the less that disease shows up among the community’s members. With enough people vaccinated, even those who are not immunized due to health reasons are protected. 

To find out more about childhood immunizations and which shots your child needs, call Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane to schedule your child's vaccination appointment.