Monday, July 27, 2015

Vaccines not only help keep your child healthy, they help all children by stamping out serious childhood diseases. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about vaccines in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

When germs enter the body, the immune system recognizes them as foreign substances. The immune system then produces the right antibodies to fight the antigens.

Vaccines contain weakened or dead versions of the antigens that cause diseases. This means that the antigens cannot produce the signs or symptoms of the disease, but they do stimulate the immune system to create antibodies. These antibodies help protect you if you are exposed to the disease in the future.

The protection provided by vaccines outweighs the very small risk of serious problems. Vaccines have made many serious childhood diseases rare today.

Some vaccines may cause mild temporary side effects such as fever, or soreness or a lump under the skin where the shot was given. Your family doctor will talk to you about possible side effects with certain vaccines.

You can get a copy of the most current child and adolescent vaccination schedules from your family doctor. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about vaccinating your child.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.