Immunizations Specialist

Michael Taymor, MD

Pediatrician located in Palo Alto, CA

Many parents have questions about immunizations, and Dr. Michael Taymor is more than willing to sit down and discuss the issue in depth with each family under his care. Immunizations are a critical component of both individual and public health, and it is important that parents make informed decisions.

Immunizations Q & A

Why are immunizations important for infants and children?

In modern-day America, we have come to take many things for granted. Gone are the days when the plague was a real and present danger, or when children had a very high likelihood of dying before they reached adulthood. Medical advancements have provided a wealth of improvements in all aspects of medical care. That said, there are still important precautions that should be taken by all Americans, and immunizations are high on that list. In fact, one of the primary reasons we no longer have plague-like illnesses in our country is thanks to the development and widespread use of vaccinations.

How do vaccines work?

The human immune system is a powerful thing. When germs enter the body, the immune system kicks in to produce antibodies, which attack and destroy those germs. That allows the person to heal, but it also has an important side benefit: The antibodies remain in the bloodstream, ready and able to mount an even stronger attack against those same germs if they ever enter the body again. Vaccines are created by taking the germs that cause certain illnesses and weakening or modifying them so they are not as powerful. Then they are introduced into the body, prompting the immune response without making the individual sick. In this way, a person who has been immunized will have an immune system fully prepared to fight off some of the worst diseases human beings face.

What diseases can be prevented through immunizations?

According to research, smallpox has been completely eradicated through the use of vaccines. Diphtheria and polio are also largely under control, especially in countries where vaccinations are readily available. Whooping cough, mumps, measles, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis are some other examples of diseases that have been drastically reduced as a result of immunizations. It is important to note, however, that the power of immunizations lies in having most of a population vaccinated at a very early age. Otherwise, there is a risk that these diseases could once again pose a problem to public health.

Insurance Providers

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