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Vaccines Specialist

Pediatric Kare Klinic Pllc

Primary Care Practice located in Forney, TX

If you’d like to protect your child from communicable diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough, Renee Harwell, APRN, MSN, CPNP-PC, and her experienced team at Pediatric Kare Klinic Pllc in Forney, Texas, can help. They offer childhood vaccines to help your child avoid contracting a dangerous or life-threatening disease. Book your child’s next appointment by phone or online today.

Vaccines Q&A

What are vaccines?

Vaccines are shots your child receives to help prevent serious and life-threatening diseases. Getting vaccines is a requirement for attending some daycares and schools. Vaccinations contain weakened live or dead viruses that, when injected, help your child’s body build immunity and reduce their risk of getting sick.

What are the benefits of vaccines?

The main benefit of childhood vaccines is disease prevention. If your child does contract a disease after being vaccinated for it, symptoms of the disease are often less severe. Your child may miss less school due to illness and avoid unpleasant and dangerous symptoms associated with communicable diseases. 

The team at Pediatric Kare Klinic Pllc offers a vaccine program for children that allows most patients to receive vaccines at no cost. Ask your child’s provider if they are eligible for this program.

Which vaccines are available?

Childhood vaccines available at Pediatric Kare Klinic Pllc include but are not limited to:

  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Diphtheria
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal and pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Tetanus
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

You and your child’s provider can discuss which vaccines they should receive based on their age and risk factors.

Do vaccines hurt?

Because vaccines are shots, your child might feel a slight pinch during needle insertion. But any discomfort they feel lasts just a second. Temporary mild side effects associated with vaccines can include a low-grade fever, soreness at the injection site, and fatigue.

When should my child get vaccines?

Talk with your pediatric specialist about the vaccine schedule your child should follow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a hepatitis B vaccine at birth and the next set of vaccinations at about:

  • Two, four, and six months old
  • 12 to 18 months of age
  • Four to six years old
  • 11-12 years old
  • 16 years old

Flu vaccines are available annually. Your provider is happy to discuss questions or concerns with you.

To learn more about vaccines or to vaccinate your child, schedule an appointment with Pediatric Kare Klinic Pllc by phone or online today.