Immunizations Specialist

NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine

Pediatricians located in Springfield, VA & Woodbridge, VA

Some diseases are highly contagious and could make your child severely ill if they were to catch them. Immunizations ensure your child remains safe and healthy should they come into contact with one of these diseases. NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine makes getting a shot an easy experience in their bright and friendly offices in Springfield and Woodbridge, Virginia. If you'd like to know more about child immunizations or want to schedule your child's next vaccine, call today or request an appointment online.

Immunizations Q & A

How do immunizations work?

Immunizations are among the most effective ways to help reduce the spread of serious disease and illness. But until a disease is eradicated, it's vital people continue to immunize against it as it still poses a risk. Immunizations work by creating resistance to the disease.

An immunization contains the smallest trace of a virus, usually a weakened variant or lab-made imitation. It fools the body into thinking it has the disease, and the body reacts by creating antibodies, making it immune to infection should it come into contact with the virus again. 

Immunizations are only administered in a controlled environment, so they're extremely safe.

While immunizations are never 100% effective, the symptoms are much milder than they would be without it. Some immunization antibodies last a lifetime, while others deplete over time and require boosters. And some, like the influenza vaccine, change every year in line with the current strain of influenza virus.

Your provider explains what each immunization does and any side effects your child may experience.

Why are immunizations necessary?

Immunizations have been able to stop epidemics of what are highly contagious and potentially life-threatening diseases, like measles, whooping cough, and mumps.

Because of their effectiveness, many schools have made it mandatory for all pupils to be fully up-to-date on their immunization records before they attend for their safety and the safety of others. 

If you're unsure whether your child is behind on their immunizations, call NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine. They will create a custom immunization schedule, getting your child back on track.

What immunizations should my child receive?

Children receive the majority of their vaccinations between the ages of 0-6 years old and most are given within the first three years. Some immunizations are suggested everywhere, while others are necessary only in certain regions. The most important immunizations are those that would cause a mass epidemic if they were to spread, such as:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP)
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B
  • Poliovirus

Getting a shot can be scary, but the friendly team at NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine makes kids feel at ease in a fun and welcoming environment. Call the office today and speak with a friendly staff member to schedule an appointment or book online.