Know the facts — immunizations protect children from dangerous diseases
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 Vaccines.gov, 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:
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:
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.
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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.
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