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Vaccines Specialist

Jaime E. Bernal, MD -  - Pediatrics

Bernal Pediatric Clinic

Jaime E. Bernal, MD

Pediatrics located in McAllen, TX

As part of a preventive health care plan, vaccinations help reduce your child’s risk for contracting contagious diseases, like mumps and measles. At Bernal Pediatric Clinic in McAllen, Texas, board-certified pediatrician, Jaime E. Bernal, MD, offers the vaccines necessary to protect your child’s health. Starting soon after birth, Dr. Bernal creates a safe and effective vaccination schedule to prevent disease and ensure a lifetime of good health. Schedule a consultation today, online or by phone, to learn more about the benefits of childhood vaccines.

Vaccines

Why does my child need vaccines?

Newborn babies are highly susceptible to contagious diseases, like chicken pox and measles, because their immune system needs time to develop properly. Without a strong immune system, your child is at risk for developing a potentially life-threatening illness, especially when exposed to public places, such as schools, child care centers, and individuals who aren’t vaccinated.

Dr. Bernal follows the recommended schedule of vaccinations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure your child is well-protected from contagious disease. In addition to protecting their health, vaccinations are also a requirement of many organized activities, including school and sports.

If your child isn’t up-to-date on vaccines, Dr. Bernal can review their medical history and establish a timeline for vaccinations to get them caught up.

What vaccines does my child need?

The CDC schedule for vaccinations recommends several vaccines soon after birth and throughout the first year of life. These vaccines protect your child from conditions like:

  • Polio
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis
  • Whooping cough

Some vaccines require multiple doses given several months apart to help build up your child’s defenses against disease. Based on your child’s age and health history, Dr. Bernal administers vaccines conveniently in-office during routine well-child checks.

Your child can also receive annual vaccinations to reduce their risk for developing the flu. To prevent certain cancers, Dr. Bernal also offers HPV vaccinations, which offer protection from the human papillomavirus (HPV) for adolescents.

Are vaccines safe?

While some children can’t receive certain vaccinations due to allergies or underlying health issues, vaccines are both safe and effective. Each vaccine is thoroughly tested before it is made available to the public.

Children receiving vaccines may experience temporary side effects, such as tenderness in the injection site or a mild fever, following a vaccination. However, they can return to their normal activities immediately after vaccination without any limitations.

If you have any questions about the safety or effectiveness of vaccinations, please discuss them directly with Dr. Bernal to ensure you’re making the most informed decisions about your child’s health.

For children with certain allergies and those who can’t tolerate certain vaccinations, Dr. Bernal works with you on a plan to prevent exposure risks for contagious disease.

Find out more about recommended vaccine schedules for your child by calling the office or booking a consultation online today.