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Immunizations Specialist

Ifeyinwa P. Onwudiwe, MD -  - Pediatrician

La Providence Pediatrics & Family Clinics

Ifeyinwa P. Onwudiwe, MD

Pediatrician & Family Medicine Physician located in Houston, TX

Immunizations can protect your child from contracting a serious or life-threatening disease or illness. At La Providence Pediatrics and Family Clinics, board-certified pediatrician Ifeyinwa Onwudiwe, MD, and her team offer routine vaccines for children of all ages at their two locations in Houston, Texas. To find out if your child is a good candidate for immunizations, book an appointment with Dr. Onwudiwe by phone or online today.

Immunizations Q & A

What are immunizations?

Immunizations, or vaccinations, are shots or nasal mists your child can receive to prevent them from contracting a serious or life-threatening disease or illness in the future. Vaccines work by exposing the body to a small amount of specific germs to help build immunity.  

If your child does become sick after getting a vaccine, the illness is often much less severe. Immunizations at La Providence Pediatrics and Family Clinics are a highly effective preventive medicine strategy. 

Are immunizations right for my child?

To find out if your child is a good candidate for immunizations, La Providence Pediatrics and Family Clinics providers review their medical history and discuss vaccine options with you. You can follow vaccine schedule recommendations based on your child’s age, or develop a personalized immunization schedule with your provider.

What are my child’s immunization options?

Some of the many immunizations available at La Providence Pediatrics and Family Clinics include:

  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Chickenpox
  • Varicella 
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella 
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria and pertussis
  • Pneumococcal 
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) 

With some immunizations, your child’s provider might recommend receiving multiple injections given at specific time intervals to optimize their immunity. 

What happens when my child gets an immunization?

Oftentimes, La Providence Pediatrics and Family Clinics specialists can administer immunizations during well-child checkups or sick visits. When it’s time for your child’s vaccine, the friendly team helps them feel calm and comfortable. The provider uses a very tiny needle to gently inject the vaccine into your child’s arm or leg.

For a flu mist vaccination, your child slowly breathes in mist to expose them to germs and allow their bodies to develop immunity to certain strains of the flu.

What should I expect after my child’s immunizations?

After receiving an immunization at La Providence Pediatrics and Family Clinics, your child might experience redness, swelling, or temporary soreness at the injection site. They may have a mild fever, feel tired or achy, or get a headache on the day of treatment. The team might recommend that your child take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease any discomfort.

If you’re wondering which immunizations may benefit your child, or if your youngster is due for the next set of vaccines, book an appointment with La Providence Pediatrics and Family Clinics over the phone or online today.