Some of the questions Dr. Michelle Flechas deals with on a daily basis are: “What are the side effects? Are they going to have fever? Is this going to make them feel bad?” Dr. Flechas explained.
The vaccine debate is still heating up in the U.S. Some child advocacy groups said kids don’t need vaccines and are worried about the side effects.
“When we give you a shot, of course you’re going to have a little bit of a response because that’s the whole point of giving the vaccine,” Dr. Flechas said. “So, it’s not unusual to have a low-grade fever and have your arm or your leg be a little bit sore, or even have a little bit of redness.”
Dr. Flechas said those are just the worst case scenerios.
“I can tell you I’m a peditrican and a mother of three. I can tell you I gave all three of my children all the vaccines on time, without hesitiation and without worry,” Dr. Flechas added.
In Louisiana, children are required to get vaccinated, unless they have certain medical conditions, religious or personal beliefs.
Dr. Flechas said the number of vaccines vary from grade to grade.
“For kindergarten, kids with get the MMR vaccine, which prevents measles, mumbs, and rubella. They get the DTP vaccine, which prevents pertussis, tetanus and diphtheria. They get the polio which prevents polio, and they’ll get a chicken pox booster.”
Right now, something doctors are particularity looking out for… the measles.
“So for every one case of measles, that person can infect eight different people, versus the flu, where you only infect two to three different people,” Dr. Flechas explained. “So if one child comes to school with measles, it can spread very, very quickly.”
If you want to know exactly what vaccines your children need, we have a link to the full schedule from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals below: