One of the most important aspects of your child’s health is making sure they get the vaccinations they need. Here at Tots N Teens Pediatrics, we respect your wishes and concerns regarding vaccines for young children and are happy to answer any questions you may have. We know how difficult it is to see your child in pain or discomfort from being poked with a needle, but vaccinations have done wonders in reducing childhood disease and fatality rates.
Vaccines can save your child’s life, which is why we are firm believers in their many benefits. Thanks to advances in modern medicine, our pediatricians can give your children immunizations that will protect them against a wide range of diseases. In years past, some of these diseases were responsible for the death of thousands of children. Because of the many safe and effective vaccines available to us today, we have eliminated many of these dangerous diseases.

Child Immunization Schedule

We know that vaccines are an excellent way to keep your children safe and healthy, but which vaccinations are the most important? These are the most up-to-date recommendations for childhood immunizations:
  • Rotavirus Vaccine (RotaTeq) - This immunization is recommended in a three-dose schedule at ages 2, 4, and 6 months. The first shot should be given when the child is between 6 and 12 weeks old, with the following doses administered in 4 and 10 weeks.
  • Flu Shot - The influenza vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older
  • Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine - The vaccine for chickenpox should be given to children when they are 12 to 15 months old. The second dose is recommended at ages 4 to 6 years old.
  • The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - This vaccine should be given in a three-dose schedule. The second and third doses should be given 2 and 6 months after the initial vaccine.
These are just a few of the vaccines that all children should get. If you have questions about this or would like to learn more about the specific vaccinations, please do not hesitate to contact Teens N Tots. We have three locations in Mesquite, Plano, and Forney and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What to Expect

No one - young or old - likes to be poked with a needle. However, the slight discomfort of going through getting a shot at our pediatric clinic will be worth it for the greater good of your child’s health. During the vaccination appointment, your child may experience some discomfort, pain, redness, and tenderness at the site of the injection. These side effects will not last long and will protect your child from the pain and trauma of the diseases these vaccines protect against.

Having an allergic reaction or experiencing other severe side effects are rare, but can happen. If your child has any symptoms other than the typical ones mentioned above, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Your child’s well-being is our number one priority and we will do everything we can do to ensure they are healthy and safe.