Young moms and dads, as well as experienced and long-time parents, all appreciate how Dr. Matney cares for their babies in sickness and in health. He follows all of the latest and up-to-date recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the California Department of Public Health for a well-baby program which focuses on the prevention of life-threatening diseases through properly scheduled and administered vaccinations for children (baby shots).
Thanks to recent massive increases in worldwide travel and immigration, as well as the internet and the spreading of fears about vaccination side effects, there has been a subsequent rise in unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children out there who are sharing the same spaces and schools as your own kids. Recently, some of these deadly disease are breaking out all over again, endangering your own babies. Now, as never before, it is crucially important to make sure your baby is up-to-date on shots.
Proper and up-to-date child vaccinations prevent:
- Whooping cough (on the rise and can be deadly in babies)
- Tetanus (can occur from ordinary childhood cuts and wounds)
- Diphtheria and polio (rare in this county but can arrive on a plane from the third world any time)
- Three types of bacterial meningitis: pneumococcal, haemophilus influenza, and meningococcal (these severe brain and spinal cord infections can easily kill, or leave severe brain damage)
- Rotavirus (a very severe diarrhea which can cause dehydration, shock, and death in babies)
- Measles (a frequently fatal disease, transmitted as easily as a head cold)
- Mumps (usually not fatal, but can cause sterility in men)
- Rubella (usually not fatal, but if transmitted to a pregnant woman, can cause severe birth defects)
- Chickenpox (not benign, can cause brain injury or even death, and shingles on and off for life)
- Hepatitis B (can be fatal from liver disease or cancer)
- Hepatitis A (bad hand-washing, feces-contaminated crops cause outbreaks, cause serious illness)
- Human papilloma virus (HPV) causes cervical cancer, abnormal pap smears and genital warts
- Influenza (the flu) kills 36,000 and hospitalizes 200,000 every year; children hit hardest
Moms of all ages seek out Dr. Matney for his baby development experience and expertise in safe, proper children immunization. They appreciate his thorough exams and his willingness to take time educating them about their babies’ development and health.