Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way your child could become immune to a disease without getting sick first? Well there is.
Today, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before through vaccination. Vaccines are safe and effective, and work with your child’s immune system to prevent disease.
Over the years, vaccines have saved millions of lives. Before vaccines, many children died from serious or life-threatening illnesses that vaccines now prevent, such as whooping cough, measles and polio (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Staying current on your children’s vaccinations will protect them from these once-common and dangerous illnesses. Immunizing your child will also help protect those who can’t be vaccinated, and prevent outbreaks of disease in your community and schools.
Here’s a run-down of recommended immunizations by age:
All ages: 6 months old and up
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Flu season runs from October to May. The flu vaccine reduces the chances you and your children will get the flu and spread it to others. It is especially important for those at greater risk of serious complications from influenza, including young children, pregnant women and new moms.
Newborns through age 6
Children ages 7 to 18
Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about your child’s vaccination schedule. Don’t let myths and misinformation about vaccine safety confuse you about what’s best for your child. As emphasized by the CDC: it is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs.
Learn about five important reasons to vaccinate your child.
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Anne Schneider, DO, is a family medicine physician with Edward Medical Group.
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