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The Basics of Immunizations

young doctor with babyAugust is National Immunization Month and we want to give you some basic information about immunizations that we found on www.healthfinder.gov.

Make sure your child is up to date on their immunizations before school starts. Contact your doctor today to schedule an appointment. Take the time to educate yourself on how to best keep your child, and all children in general, safe and protected.

The Basics

Shots (also called vaccines or immunizations) help protect children from serious diseases. Vaccines can save your child’s life. Getting all the shots recommended by age 2 will help protect your child from diseases that can be dangerous or even deadly, including:

  • Measles
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A and B

It’s important for your child to get all the shots. Each vaccine protects your child from different diseases. And each vaccine usually requires more than one dose (shot). For the best protection, your child needs every dose of each vaccine. If your child misses a shot, she may not be protected. It’s important for every child to get shots. The bacteria and viruses (germs) that cause serious childhood diseases are still around. Each child who isn’t vaccinated can spread those germs to other children.

When does my child need shots?

  • Shots work best when children get them at certain ages. Doctors follow a schedule of shots that begins at birth.
  • If your child is age 6 or younger, find out which shots your child still needs.
  • If your child has missed getting some shots, talk to the doctor about “catch-up” shots.
  • Doctors recommend that pre-teens ages 11 and 12 get important shots, too. Find out more about shots for pre-teens.
  • Ask the doctor for a list of the shots your child has received. Keep the list in a safe place – you will need it for school and other activities. Kids who don’t get all their shots may not be allowed to attend certain schools.

Are there any side effects from shots?

Side effects from shots are usually mild and only last a short time. The most common side effect is pain or redness where the shot was given. Some children have no side effects at all. Ask the doctor what to expect after your child’s shots.

Shots are very safe

Vaccines are tested for years before doctors start giving them to people. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) checks vaccines every year to make sure they are safe. The risk of harm from shots is very small.

Shots don’t cause autism

Research shows that shots don’t cause autism. Autism is a disorder of the brain. Some kids with autism have trouble talking and connecting with other people. Some parents notice the first signs of autism at the same age their children get certain shots. They may think these things are connected, but research hasn’t shown any link between vaccines and autism.

Articles source: http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/doctor-visits/shotsvaccines/get-your-childs-shots-on-schedule#the-basics

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