Immunization Specialist

Seashore Pediatrics

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Wall Township, NJ

Contagious childhood diseases that were on their way out are making a comeback, where they can quickly spread in children who aren’t up-to-date with immunizations. At Seashore Pediatrics, Catherine Meli, MD and Naheed Rahmet, MD are dedicated to protecting your child by providing safe immunizations beginning at birth and continuing through young adulthood. To be sure your child is protected, call the office in Wall Township, New Jersey, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Immunization Q & A

Why does my child need immunizations?

It’s essential for children to get their vaccinations because childhood diseases haven’t gone away — they’re just kept under control through vaccinations.

Vaccinations give your child immunity now and then continue to protect them as they get older, which is important because some diseases are more dangerous to teens and adults than they are for younger kids.

The doctors at Seashore Pediatrics are dedicated to guarding your child’s health. By following the immunization schedule, they help your child avoid the misery of illness and prevent potential complications caused by contagious diseases.

How do immunizations work?

When your child receives a vaccination, their body produces antibodies against the disease. If your child comes across the bacteria or virus that causes the disease in the future, those antibodies recognize the invaders and activate the immune system to eliminate the problem.

Why should my child stay up-to-date with recommended immunizations?

Babies and children are more vulnerable to contagious diseases because it takes time for their immune system to develop. Although babies are born with some protection against disease, the antibodies passed to them from their mothers don’t create a long-lasting defense.

The immunization schedule developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was carefully designed to give children the lifelong protection they need as early as possible.

Babies receive their first hepatitis B vaccine at birth. The doctors at Seashore Pediatrics begin administering small doses of other vaccinations at your baby’s one-month checkup, then continue to follow the schedule for ongoing vaccinations.

Children need more than one dose of most vaccinations to build up the level of immunity needed to protect them. To get optimal disease protection, it’s also important to give each dose at regular intervals.

What diseases are prevented with immunizations?

At Seashore Pediatrics, your child receives all the necessary immunizations needed from birth through the age of 18.

Some of the most contagious diseases prevented with immunizations are:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Chickenpox
  • Whooping cough
  • Hepatitis
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Pneumonia
  • Diphtheria
  • Flu

Immunizations also protect children and teens from:

  • Blood infections
  • Ear infections
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Diarrheal disease
  • Cancers caused by HPV (cervix, throat, penis)

If you have questions about immunizations or need to schedule an appointment, call Seashore Pediatrics or use the online booking tool.