Immunizations for Infants and Children
As a parent you want to do everything you can to keep your child healthy and safe. One of the most important steps you can take is to make sure they stay up-to-date on their immunizations. Today’s immunization schedule is designed to help protect your child from 14 dangerous infectious diseases. These diseases can cause serious complications and death in babies and children who are not immunized.
Vaccines have been so effective at reducing and even eliminating many diseases that most young parents have never seen the devastating effects diseases like polio, measles, or whooping cough (pertussis) can have on a child, family, or community. It’s easy to think these are disease of the past, but they still exist. Recent outbreaks of measles, pertussis and hepatitis A are good reminders of why we still need to vaccinate.
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Current Recommended Immunizations for Children (Birth through 6 years)
Did your child miss a dose or fall behind schedule on recommended vaccines? While we encourage all parents to keep their child’s vaccines up-to-date, we understand that sometimes situations arise that cause a child to fall behind. Life happens! However, it is important that your child gets caught up as soon as possible to minimize the amount of time they are left vulnerable. We can help! Give us a call and we would be happy to help you make a plan to bring your child’s immunizations back up-to date!
Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children on time increase the risk of disease and death not only for their children, but also for other children and adults throughout the entire community. There are many reasons to vaccinate your child fully AND to vaccinate them on time. Check out some of those reasons here: Why Should I Vaccinate My Baby?
If you still have questions or concerns, speak with your health care provider or call to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our nurses.
Research has demonstrated that the childhood vaccine schedule and combination of vaccines are safe and effective. Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety. The United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccines supply in history. There is no scientific evidence that childhood immunizations cause autism or that giving multiple shots can harm or “overload” the immune system of infants or children. Side effects can occur with any medicine, including vaccines. Slight discomfort (such as pain at the injection site) is a common, non-serious side effect. Serious reactions to vaccines are very rare. Anyone who receives a vaccine should be informed about both the benefits and risks of vaccination. More information on vaccine safety is available at: www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/index.html
For more information, visit CDC.gov/vaccinate, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Immunization Action Coalition