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Vaccines Specialist

Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA

Pediatricians located in Crowfield Plantation, Goose Creek, SC

Getting vaccinated for a disease reduces your child’s risk of contracting a dangerous, or even life-threatening, illness. At Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA in Goose Creek, South Carolina, Zoe Pogue, MD, and her experienced team offer childhood vaccines to keep your child as healthy as possible. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online to find out which vaccinations are right for your child.

Vaccines

What are vaccines?

Your immune system helps your body fight off germs and the illnesses they cause. Once it fights off specific germs, it remembers them the next time, so you don’t get sick with the same virus. 

Vaccines contain killed or weak germs to build up your child’s immune system without them becoming ill. Vaccinations help prevent your child from getting a serious or life-threatening health problem.

Which vaccines are available?

Some of the vaccines available at Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA, offer immunity to the following:

  • Flu
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Diphtheria
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Hib
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Meningococcal and pneumococcal
  • Shingles
  • Whooping cough
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Tetanus

The providers at Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA, let you know which vaccines are right for your child based on their age, health, and allergies they might have.

What happens during vaccine administration?

After deciding which vaccines are right for your child, their pediatrician can administer them by injection or nasal mist. With the mist, your child simply breathes in the vaccine. 

During vaccine injections, your child’s pediatrician gently injects vaccine substances into your child’s arm or leg at targeted areas. The treatment is fast, and while your child feels a slight pinch during needle insertion, it lasts just a second.

What should I expect after my child gets a vaccine?

After getting certain vaccines, your child might experience minor side effects like soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site. They may have a low-grade fever, headache, or fatigue for the rest of the day. Babies might be fussy after getting injections. 

Have your child take it easy the rest of the day or offer over-the-counter pain relievers if their doctor recommends it. Rarely, some children experience allergic reactions after getting vaccines.

Your pediatrician may recommend your child receive certain vaccinations, such as flu vaccines, yearly. Other vaccinations require multiple injections spaced apart at certain time intervals to optimize their effectiveness. 

Your pediatrician works with you to develop a vaccine schedule you feel comfortable with, as vaccinations are optional.

To learn more about vaccines, schedule an appointment with Lowcountry Pediatrics, PA, by phone or book online today.