General Pediatrics located in Spring Valley, Las Vegas, NV


Immunizations services offered in Spring Valley, Las Vegas, NV

Immunization has had an astounding impact on public health and is a critical part of a healthy childhood. Mimi Kuriakose, MD, at Las Vegas Pediatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada, offers the full range of vaccines needed to help your child develop a healthy immune system. Book your visit online or by phone today to get started.

Immunizations Q&A

How do vaccines and immunization work?

The terms “vaccine” and “immunization” are often used interchangeably, but they mean different things. Vaccines are substances developed to prompt an immune response in your child. They’re created to protect against a specific type of disease.

Immunization is the process of developing an immune response by the use of vaccines. It’s a process that plays out over time, while vaccines are injectable substances delivered via a needle and syringe. 

Vaccines work by triggering your body’s innate healing abilities. They give your immune system a  “training ground” for fighting off an attack. 

Some vaccines work by using a minute or dead version of an antigen to prompt your body to create antibodies that fight off infection. Once your system “learns” how to protect itself, those defenses can spring into action any time during the rest of your life.  

How do I know if my child is on track with immunization?

When you rely on Las Vegas Pediatrics for care, Dr. Kuriakose provides vaccines according to the schedule laid out by the nation’s top health experts. 

If you’re coming in from another pediatric practice, or have a break in health coverage, Dr. Kuriacose examines your child’s immunization record to see if any gaps need to be filled. In some cases, an alternative vaccine is the best choice, and Dr. Kuriakose can help refer you to the right practitioner.  

Is immunization safe?

A great deal of misinformation is spread about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Much of this poor advice is available online, usually with dubious or shrouded sources. 

Not only is immunization safe, it’s the number one reason why America doesn’t have to deal with widespread outbursts of communicable diseases like polio, measles, and rubella. 

The immune system can be established over time without vaccines, the problem lies in the fact that some infections are so strong that they can overwhelm a child’s system before natural immunity can develop.

Compared with the risks of allowing kids to contract these and other diseases, immunization is clearly the right choice. 

If you need a professional immunization review or wish to schedule vaccines for your child, call today to schedule a visit. Online booking is always an option and can be done any time of day or night.