Don't Risk Your Child's Health - Vaccinate

August 01, 2017
  • Know the facts — immunizations protect children from dangerous diseases

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    It’s a well-documented fact: Childhood is safer today thanks to vaccines.

    From pertussis to polio, many diseases that once led to disability and death are now much less common, if they occur at all.

    According to, continuing to vaccinate — and making sure kids stay up to date — may help keep those illnesses at bay, now and for a long time to come.

    Three levels of defense

    Childhood vaccines offer protection in three ways:


    They help safeguard your child from serious or life-threatening diseases.


    They help protect others who come into contact with your child. That includes babies who are too young to be fully immunized and people with weakened immunity.


    They help prevent regional outbreaks of diseases. These can spread quickly among those who aren’t protected.

    What to expect: From 0 to 6 years

    Between birth and 6 years old, children receive a variety of vaccines, including those for:

    • Chickenpox
    • Diphtheria
    • Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
    • Hepatitis A and B
    • Influenza (yearly flu shots)
    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Pneumonia
    • Polio
    • Rotavirus
    • Rubella
    • Tetanus
    • Whooping cough

    For effectiveness, many vaccines are given in multiple doses over a period of months or years. See the full schedule of vaccines for young children.

    What to expect: From 7 to 18 years

    As kids get older, they need fewer vaccines. But the ones they do need are important. They offer protection against conditions such as:

    • Diphtheria
    • HPV (human papillomavirus)
    • Influenza (yearly flu shots)
    • Meningitis
    • Tetanus
    • Whooping cough

    This is also a time to catch up on any vaccines missed at earlier ages. See the full schedule of vaccines for older children and teens.

    Read more about HPV and cancer: What everyone should know.What to do next
    Make sure your kids see the doctor for regular checkups. That’s the best way to be sure they stay up to date on the vaccines and other preventive care they need.*

    Check with Paideia’s Family Resource Center for community services offering free vaccinations.

    And remember: Most everyone 6 months and older needs a yearly flu shot. Learn more.

    *Check your benefit plan to see what services may be covered.

    All set for school?
    Certain vaccines may be required before your child can attend school. Check with your child’s doctor to find out which shots may be needed before school starts.
    Good riddance!
    Many diseases have been almost wiped out in our country. That’s thanks to vaccines. Polio, for instance, once paralyzed thousands every year.* Now it’s virtually gone from the U.S.Without continued vaccination, diseases could reemerge and harm thousands of children, experts say. Read up on 14 diseases you almost forgot about (thanks to vaccines).

    *Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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