Vaccines

Tanasbourne Pediatrics

Pediatricians located in Beaverton, OR

Vaccines protect your child and future generations from illnesses that were once deadly. That’s why the pediatric specialists at Tanasbourne Pediatrics in Beaverton, Oregon recommend you have your child immunized. These dedicated physicians are more than willing to answer your questions about childhood vaccines and provide you with detailed information that includes the risks versus the benefits of these valuable medical tools. To schedule a visit, call the clinic today, or use their convenient online service to make an appointment.

Vaccines Q & A

Tanasbourne Pediatrics

What diseases do vaccines prevent?

Considered one of the most impressive and groundbreaking technologies in medical history, vaccinations have changed and saved countless lives. They play a crucial role in preventing your children from contracting serious and often deadly illnesses such as:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough
  • Hepatitis B & A
  • Polio
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Influenza
  • Rotavirus
  • Bacterial meningitis types MCWY, serogroup B
  • Chickenpox
  • Human Paillomavirus

How do vaccines work?

Like adults, children have an immune system to protect them from germs (antigens) or what their bodies identify as foreign invaders. When your baby gets sick, her immune system produces proteins called antibodies to fight the germs. It then remembers the germ so that it can fight it with antibodies the next time you baby is exposed. This gives her immunity to certain diseases.

Unfortunately, when your baby becomes ill for the first time, her immune system can’t always produce enough antibodies to fight off the current disease. Vaccines contain antigens that are weak enough that they don’t cause the disease, but they do trigger your baby’s immune defense system to produce antibodies. This gives her immunity without experiencing the disease the vaccine prevents.

Are there side effects?

Your baby may experience a mild fever and some fussiness after receiving a vaccine, which typically resolves within a few days. The most common reaction is mild soreness, redness and swelling at the injection site which, again, goes away within days.

Serious side effects are rare, and the benefits most often greatly outweigh the risks of having your baby vaccinated against illnesses such as whooping cough, polio, and other serious diseases. The doctors at Tanasbourne Pediatrics are always willing to address any concerns or questions you may have about vaccines and their health effects.

Is there a schedule for vaccinations?

The doctors at Tanasbourne Pediatrics supply a vaccination schedule that’s been carefully reviewed by health organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This schedule covers your child from birth through 18 years. Schools, including colleges, typically require proof of vaccinations before your child enrolls and at specific times during their education. You can expect to receive information about necessary vaccines and required boosters during visits to the clinic.