Vaccines Specialist

Roxbury Pediatrics -  - Pediatrician

Roxbury Pediatrics

Pediatricians located in Century City and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Vaccines are a marvel of modern medicine. They significantly reduce the risk of serious illness or hospitalization, keeping communities safe. At Roxbury Pediatrics in Century City, Kimberly Klausner, MD, FAAP, Guy Efron, MD, and the practice’s other board-certified pediatricians offer vaccinations and immunizations from infancy to young adulthood. To make an appointment for your child at the Los Angeles, California, practice, call the office today or book online.

Vaccines Q & A

What are vaccines?

Vaccines teach your child’s immune system to identify and attack harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria. By preparing your child’s immune system in advance of the exposure, it’s possible to reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening complications.

It’s important that the majority of the population receives vaccines. When a community reaches “herd immunity,” it’s more difficult for a pathogen to spread. When a pathogen is unable to spread, it protects the most vulnerable members of society, including infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

That’s why Roxbury Pediatrics does not provide care for families that refuse all vaccinations.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines work by exposing your child to a harmless version of a disease. That can take the form of:

  • A protein or sugar from a pathogen
  • A dead or inactivated pathogen
  • A toxoid containing toxin from a pathogen
  • A weakened pathogen

Vaccines don’t expose your child to disease; they encourage the production of antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that track down and eliminate pathogens. Administration of the majority of vaccines is via injection, but a few come in the form of a nasal spray.

What vaccines does my child need?

Roxbury Pediatrics is very flexible when it comes to vaccination schedules. The providers work to educate children and their parents on the importance and safety of vaccines. Following an in-office or telemedicine exam and a review of your child’s health history, Roxbury Pediatrics can make recommendations.

Some of the most common childhood vaccinations include:

  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox vaccine
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Hepatitis A vaccine

If your child is 12 or older, they might also benefit from the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Are vaccines safe?

Yes. Vaccines are safe and present few side effects. Before the release of any vaccine to the general public, it undergoes extensive testing by regulatory authorities like the Food and Drug Administration. 

But, no vaccine is entirely effective. Even if your child is vaccinated, it’s possible for them to catch a contagious illness. Still, they’re much less likely to experience serious complications like hospitalization.

Are vaccines painful?

Following a vaccine, your child might experience mild symptoms like pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site, fatigue, or muscle aches. These side effects should subside within 24-48 hours, but if they persist or interfere with your child’s ability to go to school or play, contact Roxbury Pediatrics immediately.

If your child needs to update their vaccines, make an appointment at Roxbury Pediatrics by clicking the online booking tool or calling the office today.