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Back to School

Anita Henderson, MD is Associate Medical Director of Pediatrics for Southwest Medical Associates. She knows first-hand the benefit of infant and childhood immunization, as well as many of the myths and misinformation that surround vaccinations.

Immunizations are very important for children because they help protect against numerous serious medical illnesses. These diseases not only can cause death in children and adults, but they can also cause other serious conditions such as brain damage, seizures, deafness and developmental delays. Now we have 14 different vaccine preventable diseases that we can prevent with the right immunizations.

It’s very important for all children to get their immunizations on time and on the schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Many parents have questions about vaccine safety, but it is important to remember that the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the potential risks. Doctors recommend all parents speak with their health care professional because these are the ones who know about the factual information regarding vaccine safety and the benefits they will receive by getting vaccinated.

It is also important for parents to consider the flu vaccine for the next school year. This past season there were 98 pediatric deaths due to flu. Many could have been prevented if these children had been vaccinated.

The new school year is the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines.

Southwest Medical Associates are holding a Patient Appreciation Back to School Health Fair just for Southwest Medical patients at our Oakey Health Care Center on July 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be wellness exams and vaccines, plus refreshments, games, raffles, music, booths and more!

Remember, the school district now requires all new students, kindergarteners and middle-schoolers to have their MCV4 vaccination before school starts. Be sure your student is ready!

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