Comprehensive Pediatric care involves the use of vaccines. Here at Los Gatos Pediatrics, we follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines to provide the required vaccinations at the optimal time to prevent diseases such as measles, chicken pox, tetanus and others.

Vaccination FAQ


Why are vaccines important?

Vaccines are essential for maintaining good health throughout childhood. We are constantly exposed to viruses and bacteria in our daily lives that can cause serious infections. Vaccines educate our immune system and support our bodies natural defense to prevent or minimize illnesses. Vaccines have made some very common and serious diseases in the past such as polio and smallpox very uncommon today.

Will immunization make my child sick?

Vaccines do not cause illnesses. After any immunization it is possible to have some redness, minor swelling, or mild pain at the site of the injection. Occasionally after receiving a vaccination, your child may experience a little fever or mild flu like symptoms for 1-2 days. These are all normal responses and are easily treated with acetaminophen.

What kinds of vaccinations are provided by Los Gatos Pediatrics?

Our practice offers a full array of vaccines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) during childhood, such as:

  • Chicken pox

  • Diphtheria

  • Haemophilus influenza type B

  • Hepatitis A and B

  • Influenza (the flu)

  • Measles

  • Mumps

  • Pneumococcal disease

  • Pneumonia

  • Polio

  • Rotavirus

  • Rubella

  • Tetanus

  • Whooping cough

  • Human papillomavirus

Some vaccines offer a lifetime of immunity while others will need periodic “boosters” to remain in effect. We will keep your child on an immunization schedule to assure complete protection. 

How can I tell which vaccinations my child needs?

Your child’s immunization needs will be determined based on their medical history, school and sports requirements, and other variables. The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintain recommended immunization schedules. These governmental organizations provide pediatricians important information about which vaccines children should have and the timing of those vaccinations.

Here is information on how to care for vaccines.  Additionally, check out this Healthy Kids Learning Hub as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Also check out our Services and Pediatric Resources pages for specific issues additional information.