Vaccines for Children

November 18, 2023, 1:07 am

Vaccinations are an important part of your child’s preventive care. According to the FDA, “Vaccines work by preparing the body’s immune system for future exposure to disease-causing bacteria.”

Childhood immunizations can provide protection against the following diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), hepatitis B, chicken pox, pneumococcal disease, hepatitis A, rotavirus, and the flu.

When your child is up to date on their vaccines, they are protected against certain serious or potentially life-threatening diseases. For example, measles is highly contagious and can lead to very serious complications, but the disease can be prevented with the recommended MMR vaccination, which is short for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. Because of this vaccine, measles has been become much less common in the United States than in other parts of the world.

Your child’s doctor will know which vaccines are recommended for your child based on their age. The CDC has outlined the recommended vaccines for children by age from pregnancy all the way to 18 years. View the Vaccines by Age page for more information about each vaccine at each age range.

Combination vaccines allow your child to receive protection from multiple diseases in one single shot. This means fewer trips to the doctor’s office and less discomfort for your child. Learn more about combination vaccines with the CDC.

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