One of the most effective ways to protect your health, and the health of your children, is also one of the easiest. If you are looking for a provider for your child, Magic Valley Family Practice in Twin Falls, Idaho, offers the latest in pediatric care and treatment. Through pediatric care, you can protect yourself and your children against a wide range of diseases. Don’t hesitate to call Drew Simmons, FNP-C, and the dedicated Magic Valley Family Practice team to get started.
Why Does My Child Need a Check-Up?
Children are constantly growing and changing as part of the normal growth process. However, growth can go astray, and regular checkups offer an opportunity to intervene early when a problem occurs.
Providers who see children may deal with developmental delays, congenital defects, and environmental issues that don’t occur in adults. Regular well-child visits are also an opportunity to provide patient as well as parental education on developmental, health, lifestyle and safety issues, especially for the first-time parent.
Why are immunizations important?
Immunizations give your body what it needs to fight off a huge number of diseases, many of which would otherwise be life-threatening. Staying up to date on your and your kids’ vaccinations is one of the best things you can do to keep your entire family healthy.
Vaccines can protect a variety of diseases, including:
- Influenza (the flu)
- Hepatitis A and B
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Poliomyelitis (polio)
Drew is happy to discuss any concerns you may have about immunizations for you and your family.
How do I know which immunizations my family needs?
There are many immunizations designed to defend against so many different diseases, and it can be challenging to keep track. The issue is made more complex by the fact that certain immunizations are most effective when administered at certain ages.
Magic Valley Family Practice uses Idaho’s Immunization Reminder Information System (IRIS) to help their patients keep track. This secure, statewide immunization information system is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to keep yourself and your family up to date on all your immunizations.
IRIS provides you and the Magic Valley Family Practice team with a permanent record of your past immunizations so you know which you need and when. It also reminds you when your children are due for a new immunization.
This tool is designed to help you and your family stay healthy while making it easier for you to provide your immunization records to the appropriate parties.
My child is scared of shots. What do I do?
It’s normal for kids to be scared of getting immunizations. Today’s immunizations are designed to be as quick and painless as possible. The trained, caring team at Magic Valley Family Practice strives to make every child feel relaxed during their immunization.
They key is creating an environment in which they feel comfortable and, at Magic Valley, that’s what you’ll find.
Don’t let nervousness or lack of information keep you from protecting your family’s health with proper immunizations. Call Magic Valley Family Practice or schedule your appointment online.