Pediatric medicine treats the health of infants, children and adolescents.
In our Pediatric clinic we:
HSMC accepts most insurance in the UAE. Each and every plan mandates what is covered. Many plans in the UAE do not cover preventive care, so check with your insurance before booking an appointment. An example of some items that may not be covered, are as follows: (well-child check-up, vaccinations, medical forms and reports). HSMC charges cash for these services. Please phone 02 613 3999 for more information about these charges.
Vaccines help protect infants, children, and teens from serious diseases. Getting childhood vaccines means your child can develop immunity (protection) against diseases before they come into contact with them.
And did you know that getting your child vaccinated also protects others? Because of community immunity, vaccines help keep your child’s younger siblings, older family members, and friends from getting sick, too.
Young children are at increased risk for infectious diseases because their immune systems have not yet built up the necessary defenses to fight serious infections and diseases. As a result, diseases like whooping cough or pneumococcal disease can be very serious — and even deadly — for infants and young children. Vaccinations start early in life to protect children before they are exposed to these diseases.
No, vaccines do not overload the immune system. Your child’s immune system successfully fights off thousands of germs every day. Even if your child gets several vaccines in a day, the vaccines make up only a tiny fraction of the germs their body fights off.
Children and adults, too need more than 1 dose of some vaccines. That’s because it can take more than 1 dose to build enough immunity against a disease. A vaccine’s protection can also fade over time.
That’s why every dose of a vaccine is important.
Yes. In many cases, your child can get combination vaccines or vaccines that protect them from more than 1 disease. This means fewer vaccines for them and fewer trips to the doctor for you.
Experts don’t recommend spreading out or delaying your child’s vaccines. There’s no benefit to spreading out vaccinations and following the recommended schedule protects infants and children by providing immunity early in life. If your child misses vaccines or gets them late, they’ll be at risk for serious diseases that are preventable.
Probably, but ask your child’s pediatrician first. Children can usually get vaccines when they have a mild illness like a cold, low fever, ear infection, or diarrhea (watery poop).
|Dr. Joanne Saade|