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Immunizations Specialist

Smyrna Pediatrics

Pediatricians & Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner located in SMYRNA, TN

Immunizations are vaccines designed to lower your child’s risk of serious or potentially fatal diseases, including the flu, measles, mumps, and whooping cough. At Smyrna Pediatrics we regularly provide routine immunizations for infants, children, and adolescents. Whether you’ve just had a baby or your child’s preparing to enter high school,we can help. Make an immunization appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.


What are immunizations?

Immunizations, or vaccinations, are a type of preventive health measure used to lower your child’s risk of certain communicable diseases.

Vaccines contain small amounts of the same germs that cause disease. However, a vaccine uses dead or weakened germs so they won’t make your child sick. Instead, a vaccine stimulates your child’s immune system and causes their body to produce antibodies. 

Antibodies act as defense mechanisms, preventing infections such as the flu or chickenpox from causing uncomfortable or potentially life-threatening symptoms. 

Why do newborns need immunizations?

The diseases that childhood immunizations work to prevent are most likely to occur during infancy. This is one of the reasons early vaccination is so important. 

If you wait to give your child immunizations when they’re older, you run the risk of them getting sick and experiencing serious medical problems. 

Is it okay to pick and choose immunizations?

Dr. Ricafort doesn’t recommend skipping immunizations. Doing so increases your child’s risk of developing a serious or potentially fatal disease. It also puts their classmates, siblings, and the community as a whole at risk. 

Investing in immunizations protects your loved ones and helps to provide peace of mind. If you have reservations about a particular immunization, let Dr. Ricafort know. She’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you have. 

Are immunizations safe?

Regardless of what you’ve heard or read about online, immunizations are safe and well-tolerated. In addition, there’s no evidence to suggest they cause autism or any other type of ailment. 

All of the immunizations currently available are safe and have undergone years of testing and review by regulatory bodies such as the FDA. 

The risk of immunizations causing a serious injury is very small. In addition, the benefits of receiving immunizations are much greater than the possible side effects involved. 

What immunizations does my child need?

The immunizations your child needs depends on their health history and age. However, a number of childhood immunizations are required, including:

  • Chickenpox 
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)

Annual flu vaccines are also recommended.

Don’t wait to invest in immunizations. Make an appointment at Smyrna Pediatrics by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.