Keith L. Perkins, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Keith L. Perkins, M.D.

Internal Medicine & Pediatrician located in Selmer, TN

There are up to 14 serious diseases that can affect your child’s health during their formative years. Vaccinations may be confusing and controversial for some parents and Dr. Perkins can help you make the right decision when it comes to vaccinating your child. At Premier Direct Primary Care although receiving vaccines can be painful, our nurses have the right touch to make your child feel comfortable.

Vaccinations Q & A

Why should I vaccinate my child?

Some parents might be worried about the effects of vaccination, but evidence suggests there are more benefits to vaccinating your children than there are drawbacks.

Serious diseases like measles and whooping cough are still a risk for children, even if they seem like a thing of the past. Additionally, diseases can be brought across borders and into your community from unvaccinated travelers.

Vaccinations ensure your child’s health, so they don’t miss school or interrupt your ability to work. An unexpected, contagious illness can be a heavy burden on a family, and it can also threaten the health of your family, your neighbors, and your community.

What are the recommended vaccinations for children?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the following are recommended vaccines for children:

  • Influenza

  • Measles, mumps, and rubella

  • Chickenpox

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis

  • Hepatitis A and B

  • Hib

  • Meningococcal

  • Human papillomavirus

  • Rotavirus

  • Polio

  • Pneumococcal

With an expertise in pediatric medicine, Dr. Perkins will work with you to determine the vaccinations your child needs as well as the schedule for administering them.

Are there side effects to vaccines?

For some children, vaccines may not be safe. For instance, if your child is allergic to any ingredients in the vaccines or if they have a weakened immune system, certain vaccinations may not be advisable.

The vaccine supply in the United States is among the safest in the world, but there's always a small chance your child will have an adverse reaction to a vaccine. This might include redness or swelling at the injection site, which goes away on its own within a few days.

Most pediatric experts agree that the risks associated with vaccines are minor compared with the risks posed to your child if they are left unvaccinated. Nevertheless, in the rare case of an allergic reaction, Dr. Perkins and his staff can effectively address it and keep your child safe.

Dr. Perkins can answer any questions you have about the vaccination process, as well as what to expect with each individual vaccination procedure. To schedule a vaccination appointment for your child, book it online or call the office today.