Providing on-time vaccination throughout childhood is critical for providing immunity before children are potentially exposed to life-threatening illnesses. These vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective. While it is true that babies are born with immune systems that can fight most germs, some germs cause serious or even deadly diseases a baby can’t handle. For those, babies need the help of vaccines.

Parents often have questions about the vaccines recommended for their children. However, there are many reasons to have your child get vaccinated. They can prevent common diseases that used to seriously harm or even kill infants, children and adults. Without them, your child is at risk of becoming seriously ill or even dying from childhood diseases such as measles and whooping cough. It is also always better to prevent a disease than to treat one after it occurs.

Unfortunately, a recent study from the CDC revealed that vaccine rates for measles, polio, diphtheria and other diseases are decreasing among U.S. children. Children not receiving vaccines means that more children are at risk for illnesses that could be avoided if they were immunized. Unvaccinated children increase the risk of disease for others in the community that may not be able to receive the vaccines, such as babies too young to receive vaccines or individuals that are not protected as well, including patients receiving chemotherapy.

While there has been a lot of misinformation spread about vaccines in recent years, particularly around the COVID-19 vaccine, they are all tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.

immunization schedule

Please take a look at the above guide to ensure your little one is up-to-date and fully protected to ensure their health and the health of the community.

For additional information please contact your pediatrician and check out our guide to pediatric care: https://www.fhcsd.org/pediatric-recommendations.