Vaccinations Specialist

Buono Pediatrics & Wellness

Pediatrics located in Millburn, NJ

Even though your child’s immune system is developing every day, they are still at risk for potentially serious health complications from contagious disease. To prevent these issues, the staff at Buono Pediatrics & Wellness in Millburn, New Jersey, offers all recommended vaccinations, starting soon after birth and through young adulthood. Learn more about the benefits of vaccinations by calling the office today or booking a consultation online.

Vaccinations Q & A

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are the first line of defense against serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, like polio and measles. The reason children receive vaccinations starting soon after birth and throughout their childhood is due to the vulnerability of their developing immune system.

By injecting weakened or dead particles of a virus into the body, vaccinations encourage the development of antibodies that fight the disease. Without vaccinations, your child’s health may be compromised when exposed to the virus, putting them at risk for serious health complications.

What vaccinations does my child need?

Buono Pediatrics & Wellness staff follow the recommendations and guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The first vaccines are necessary soon after birth to protect your baby from hepatitis B.

Your child needs additional vaccinations throughout their growth until the age of 18. These vaccinations protect them from conditions like:

  • Polio
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Whooping cough
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Dr. Buono and Dr. Cotler also offer seasonal vaccinations to protect against influenza. If you’re planning to travel out of the country with your child, they may need additional vaccinations to protect them from diseases common outside of the United States. In these cases, call the office well in advance of your trip to inquire about what vaccines are necessary and how to obtain these vaccines.

A schedule of vaccinations is based on your child’s age and health history Very rarely, allergies may prevent the physicians from administering certain vaccinations. In this case, Dr. Buono and Dr. Cotler assist in determining alternate strategies to ensure your child’s health is protected.

Proper vaccinations are also necessary when registering for school and many organized activities, including sports.

Are vaccinations safe?

Before their availability, experts test vaccinations extensively for safety and effectiveness. There are a lot of myths about vaccines that may cause you concern for your child’s health. However, without the added protection vaccines give, your child may be at risk for developing serious and potentially life-threatening conditions.

In general, the side effects of vaccinations are minimal. Your child may have low-grade fever or soreness and bruising at the injection site for a few days after a vaccination. They can take an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory to stay comfortable. Typically, kids can return to their usual activities without limitations the same day as the vaccination.

If you have any questions or concerns about vaccinations for your child, speak with Dr. Buono and Dr. Cotler as soon as possible.

Schedule a vaccination consultation online or by calling Buono Pediatrics & Wellness today.