Vaccines Specialist

Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens

Pediatricians located in Irvine, CA

Childhood vaccines protect your little one from serious communicable diseases. That’s why the team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens in Irvine, California follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ vaccine guidelines to give your child the healthiest start. To learn more or schedule vaccinations for your child, call or book an appointment online today.

Vaccines Q&A

Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens

What are vaccines?

Vaccines are injections that prevent your child from getting serious diseases by exposing them to tiny amounts of microbes or illness-causing germs. This teaches your child’s body to fight back against severe infections.

Does my child really need vaccines?

Vaccines can protect your child and keep preventable diseases from spreading.

In the past, babies, children, and adults used to die from exposure to diseases that their bodies didn’t know how to fight. Today, thanks to the power of vaccines, many serious illnesses we worried about in the past no longer pose such a serious threat.

It's vital that all children get vaccinated to promote “herd immunity.” When a large enough portion of the population receives vaccinations, this helps provide immunity for those who are ill or too weak to be vaccinated themselves.

Are vaccines safe?

The risk of your child having a reaction to a vaccine is tiny in comparison to the risk of getting sick. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that the odds that your child will have a severe reaction after vaccination are one in a million.

In some cases, vaccinations do cause minor side effects, such as:

  • Pain
  • Redness or swelling at the vaccination site
  • Mild flu-like symptoms


These discomforts may come on a few hours after the vaccine is administered and usually don’t last more than a day or two.

What vaccines does my child need?

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides guidelines for which vaccines your baby or young child needs and at what age. Most vaccines are administered during your child’s wellness or milestone visits, starting at birth and continuing through to adulthood. Recommended vaccines include:

  • Chicken pox
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Influenza (the flu)
  • And many others that protect against life-threatening illnesses


Call Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens or schedule an appointment online today to make sure your child is up to date on their vaccinations.