Immunizations and Vaccines Clinic

Immunizations and Vaccines Clinic in Sanford FL

Lake Family Medicine & Imaging offers immunizations and vaccines for children and adults to get their recommended immunizations at their recommended times, as well as boosters for adults to keep them protected throughout their life. For more information, call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Sanford FL and surrounding areas.

Immunizations and Vaccines Clinic Near Me in Sanford FL
Immunizations and Vaccines Clinic Near Me in Sanford FL

Table Of Contents:

How do vaccines work?
What vaccines does my child need to have?
What vaccines are mandatory?
Will insurance cover vaccines for my child?

How do vaccines work?

There are germs that are constantly surrounding us within our environment and our bodies. When a harmful germ ends up coming into contact with an individual, it can lead to disease or worse.

There are many ways our bodies are able to defend themselves from these pathogens, by creating physical barriers to prevent these pathogens from entering the body in the first place. However, if the pathogens get past those barriers and do indeed infect our body, the immune system is triggered and the pathogens are then attacked and destroyed or overwhelmed.

Vaccines are used as a way to help our immune system figure out the composition of what is involved in the pathogens and provide an ability to create defenses against them. This takes time. This is why vaccines were introduced as a way to provide a weakened or inactive part of the antigen which will trigger the immune system within the body to respond. The weakened version which is in the vaccine will not cause the disease within an individual that is receiving it, it will, however, prompt their natural immune system to start working as it would if it had the first reaction.

What vaccines does my child need to have?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following vaccines for children by age:

Newborn
● Protection against Hepatitis B (3 Doses Total from Birth to 12 months)

1 – 2 Months of Age
● Hepatitis B (2nd Dose)
● Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough
● Haemophilus Influenzae Type “B”
● Polio
● Pneumococcal
● Rotavirus

4 Months of Age
● Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough
● Haemophilus Influenzae Type “B”
● Polio
● Pneumococcal
● Rotavirus
● Hepatitis B

6 Months of Age
● Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough
● Haemophilus Influenzae Type “B”
● Polio
● Pneumococcal
● Rotavirus
● Influenza

12 – 23 Months of Age
● Chickenpox
● Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough
● Haemophilus Influenzae Type “B”
● Polio
● Pneumococcal
● Measles, Mumps, Rubella
● Hepatitis A
● Hepatitis B

4 – 6 Years of Age
● Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough
● Polio
● Measles, Mumps, Rubella
● Chickenpox
● Influenza (each year)

11 – 12 Years of Age
● Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
● HPV Vaccine
● Tdap
● Influenza

What vaccines are mandatory?

Vaccination policies that were created and updated throughout the years of the invention of vaccines were created for the sole purpose of eradicating diseases from the USA or by creating herd immunity.

These vaccine policies are an encouragement to have individuals vaccinated to not only save themselves from deadly diseases but from spreading the diseases to others that may not be able to get the vaccine due to being immunocompromised.

These scientific recommendations that are provided above are a general practice provided to each state as a recommended vaccination schedule. There are no mandatory vaccines, as the American Academy of Pediatrics has advised physicians to respect the refusal of parents that wish not to vaccinate their children after going through an adequate discussion of the repercussions that may occur if the child were to contract any of the deadly diseases, and what risk and harms may come from not getting the recommended vaccinations. However, if the child is being put at risk of harm, the American Academy of Pediatrics has also advised physicians to report to the state child protective services agencies, as this may be considered a form of medical neglect due to parental refusal.

As for school-aged children, many schools have vaccine requirements that are necessary if you want your children to attend certain schools. Specific vaccinations that are required for a child to be enrolled in public schools may differ from state to state.

Will insurance cover vaccines for my child?

Most health insurance plans will cover a certain amount of preventative services, this will include recommended vaccinations for children and teens which will be no cost directed towards you. It is best if you review your insurance coverage first or contact our clinic to ensure we accept your insurance. We serve patients from Sanford FL, Heathrow FL, Lake Mary FL, Midway FL, Longwood FL, Lake Monroe FL and surrounding areas. We look forward to meeting you!