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Vaccines Specialist

Fayrouz Pediatrics -  - Board Certified Pediatrician

Fayrouz Pediatrics

Board Certified Pediatricians located in Clifton, NJ

Keeping your child’s vaccines up to date is one of the easiest ways to lower their risk of catching a serious illness. At Fayrouz Pediatrics, with two convenient locations in Paterson and Clifton, New Jersey, board-certified pediatrician Hisham Gadalla, MD, and his caring team regularly administer vaccines to infants, children, and teenagers. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you or book online today.

Vaccines Q&A

What are vaccines?

Your body’s immune system is responsible for protecting you against pathogens that cause infection. Your immune system is incredibly efficient, but certain pathogens can overwhelm it.

Vaccines teach your immune system to identify and remove harmful invaders from your body. Thanks to vaccines, it’s possible to manage and prevent life-threatening diseases like measles, polio, and tetanus.

Vaccines protect your child, your family members, and the community as a whole.

How do vaccines work?

Your immune system contains several types of cells responsible for identifying and removing harmful pathogens. However, to work effectively, your immune system must recognize invaders as dangerous.

Vaccines expose your body to a safe version of a particular disease. This encourages your immune system to create antibodies. Antibodies prepare an adaptive immune response that trains your body to fight off infection. 

How is a vaccine administered?

At Fayrouz Pediatrics, the team administers vaccines via injection. Before giving your child a vaccine, their provider cleans the injection site with a sterile solution. Next, your child’s provider carefully inserts a needle into the skin and releases the medication. 

The process is quick and usually takes less than 30 seconds.

Each vaccine contains two separate components — the antigen and the adjuvant. The antigen trains your body to identify a disease as harmful. The adjuvant alerts your body to danger. This triggers a response that helps your body build immunity.

What are some of the most common vaccines?

The team at Fayrouz Pediatrics offers a variety of vaccines, including:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough
  • Inactivated polio vaccine
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chickenpox

Children can also get the seasonal flu shot, as well as needed immunizations for school. 

When should my child get a vaccine?

It’s important that your child begins vaccination at an early age. Infants and young children are especially susceptible to certain illnesses. 

After a physical exam and review of your child’s medical history, the team at Fayrouz Pediatrics can develop a custom vaccination schedule that aligns with your child’s individual needs.

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccines are safe and well-tolerated. Before being released to the general public, vaccines undergo years of examination, research, and study. Side effects are rare and usually mild. Your child might experience a bruise or mild swelling at the injection site, but this should subside within a day or two.

If your child needs vaccines, schedule an appointment at Fayrouz Pediatrics by phone or online today.