14 Serious Diseases: How To Keep Your Child Safe

Whether you have a new baby at home or a child starting school, vaccinations are key in ensuring your child remains healthy where ever he or she may be. Not only are vaccinations important for you, they are important for the people around you, too.

Your child’s health care provider can give you more information about routine vaccinations and other schedules.


Vaccinations within Your Baby’s First Year and the Diseases They Prevent


Vaccination
What it Prevents
Chickenpox
Chickenpox, a disease that causes itchy rash, with fever and fatigue; can lead to scarring, pneumonia, encephalitis (brain inflammation) and other serious infections.
Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Tdap)
Diphtheria, a disease that causes inflammation of the throat and airways, which can block breathing.
Tetanus (lockjaw), a disease that causes severe, painful spasms of neck, jaw and other muscles; can cause death
Pertussis (whooping cough), a disease that causes. prolonged loud coughing and gasping; can interfere with breathing and can cause death.
Flu
Flu, different strains of which appear each year and can be very serious, especially in young children. It can result in pneumonia and hospitalizations.
Haemophilus influenze Type B
Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib), a severe bacterial infection that causes pneumonia (lung infection), meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord), and other serious infections.
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A, an infection that can cause sudden liver inflammation.
Hepatits B
Hepatitis B, an infection that can cause chronic, severe liver disease.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
Measles, a disease that can cause ear infections and pneumonia.
Mumps, a disease that affects the glands in the neck and may affect the testes.
Rubella (German measles), a disease that can cause birth defects in women exposed while pregnant.
Pneumococcal disease
Pneumococcal disease, can cause ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis, or bacteremia.
Polio
Polio, an infection that can paralyze the muscles.
Rotavirus
Rotavirus infection, which causes severe diarrhea in infants and children up to 2 years old.

How GMC Can Help

If you’re looking for a family doctor, the Strickland Family Medicine Center is a full-scope family medicine center, treating all ages, from newborn to geriatrics, with a lab, procedure rooms and a clinical pharmacologist onsite. And the Miles & Lib Mason Children's Associates, providing pediatric care to children from birth to age 15, is one of the top immunization providers in the state of Georgia. 

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