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Kids & Teens Medical Group
Pediatrics located in Pasadena, West Hills, Agoura Hills, San Fernando, Northridge, Arcadia,
La Canada Flintridge, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys & Whittier, CA

Vaccinations

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Vaccinations

Kids & Teens Medical Group
Vaccinations in Los Angeles


Vaccinations limit the spread of communicable diseases, protecting your child and your community from potentially dangerous illnesses. At Kids & Teens Medical Group, a team of board-certified pediatricians provides all the vaccinations your child needs to stay up-to-date on the CDC-recommended schedule. To schedule a vaccination appointment, call the office nearest you in the Greater Los Angeles area or request an appointment online today. Kids & Teens Medical Group has 10 convenient locations: Pasadena, West Hills, Agoura Hills, San Fernando, Northridge, Arcadia, La Cañada Flintridge, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Encino, and Whittier, California.

Vaccinations Q & A

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations, or immunizations, are shots that prevent your child from contracting and spreading certain communicable diseases. Most children receive their first vaccine at birth to protect against hepatitis B. 

Over the next few years, they receive the majority of the vaccines they need. However, many vaccines require booster shots well into adulthood.

When it comes to health and disease prevention, Kids & Teens Medical Group considers vaccinations a top priority. To meet the needs of the Greater Los Angeles community, the pediatric practice provides free vaccinations, as well as free well-child exams, to children without health insurance. 

How do vaccinations work?

A vaccine contains a weakened or dead form of the virus. It protects your child by triggering their natural immune response to the disease. The immune system produces antibodies that ward off the disease if they come in contact with it in the future.

Unlike other treatments and medicines, vaccines actually prevent disease. This not only protects you and your family from disease but also stops diseases from spreading throughout your community.

Are vaccinations safe?

Vaccines are both safe and effective at preventing the spread of disease. The level of weakened or killed germs included in vaccines is not large enough to make your child sick or infect them with the disease.

Some vaccines do have minor side effects. Experiencing minor side effects means your child’s body is building its own immunity against the disease. Some of these common side effects include:

  • Muscle aches

  • Swelling, bruising, or redness at the injection site

  • Mild fever

  • Fatigue

  • Flu-like symptoms

The side effects of vaccines typically subside within a few days, and most experts agree that the benefits far outweigh the potential risks. 

Which vaccinations does my child need?

The vaccinations needed by your child depend on their age and medical history. Some of the most common vaccines given during childhood include:

  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)

  • Hepatitis A and B

  • Polio

  • Chickenpox

  • Diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus

  • Meningococcal and pneumococcal

  • Rotavirus

  • Varicella

The team at Kids & Teens Medical Group recommends bringing your child in once a year for an annual flu shot. Around the age of 11 or 12, your child should visit the practice for their first dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Vaccinations are an important part of your child’s overall medical care plan. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s vaccination schedule, call Kids & Teens Medical Group or request an appointment online today.

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