Immunizations services offered in Alpharetta, GA

Choosing immunizations for your child is an excellent way to reduce their chance of becoming sick or having severe symptoms. At Pediatrics and Genetics in Alpharetta, Georgia, board-certified pediatrician Vidya Krishnamurthy, MD, offers childhood vaccinations for babies, children, and teenagers. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today to learn more about your child’s vaccination options. 

What are immunizations?

Immunizations (vaccinations) are injections or nasal mists that contain substances that strengthen the body’s immune system, protecting it from becoming sick with specific illnesses or diseases. Vaccines may contain dead or weak germs, mRNA, or other substances.

What do immunizations protect against?

Children who receive immunizations have a lower risk of contracting:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Pneumonia
  • Chickenpox
  • Meningitis
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Flu
  • COVID-19

If they become ill with one of these conditions after being vaccinated, the symptoms will likely be less severe.

Some vaccines require multiple or yearly doses to provide the most protective benefits. Your child may receive their first immunizations soon after birth and again at 1, 2, 4, 6, 12-15 months, and 18-23 months of age — and again when they’re older. 

Which immunizations are suitable for my child?

The best immunizations for your child depend on their age, risk factors, and which vaccinations they’ve previously received. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers vaccination guidelines for children of all ages. 

Immunizations are optional. Dr. Krishnamurthy works with you and your family to develop a personalized vaccine schedule best suited for your child. She also answers any questions you might have about the risks and benefits of each vaccine. 

What can I expect when my child receives immunizations?

During immunization administration, your child might receive an injection or breathe in a nasal mist. Dr. Krishnamurthy may insert a tiny needle into your child’s arm or leg to inject immune-boosting substances into their body. Depending on their needs and your preferences, they may receive more than one injection during the same office visit.

What happens afterward?

After receiving immunizations, redness at the injection site is a common side effect. Depending on which immunizations your child receives, they may develop mild flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, nasal congestion, or a sore throat for a short time. Dr. Krishnamurthy will let you know when to schedule the next series of vaccinations.

Schedule an appointment at Pediatrics and Genetics by phone or online today to determine which immunizations are right for your baby, child, or teenager.