Children need to be vaccinated to be protected from illnesses that can be serious. Diseases like measles, hepatitis, influenza and pertussis (whooping cough) can be very severe, even life threatening, as the recent pertussis epidemic has shown. Protect your child and your entire community by fully vaccinating your child.Learn More
Babies who are breastfed still need to be immunized, because the protection from breast milk is incomplete, short term and may not provide protection from all vaccine preventable diseases.Learn More
Babies can be protected from as many as 14 diseases by the time they are two years old. That might sound like a lot of vaccines for an infant’s immune system to handle, but compared to the bacteria and viruses babies encounter each and every day, vaccines pose a very minimal challenge to the immune system. The longer you wait, the longer your child is at risk of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease.Learn More
National recommendations are published every year by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).Learn More
Requirements vary from state to state. Your pediatrician can help keep you up-to-date on required vaccines, but it’s always a good idea to know ahead of time what to expect.Learn More
The short answer is yes, though no vaccine, drug or medical procedure is 100% safe. Every licensed vaccine administered has undergone thorough testing to ensure safety and effectiveness. Side effects are generally mild, like soreness at the site of the injection or a fever. Serious reactions are very rare.Learn More
Aren't the ingredients they use to make vaccines, like aluminum, formaldehyde and thimerosal, harmful?
Healthy babies have no trouble eliminating the tiny amounts of these materials present in vaccines. Aluminum is a natural element found in everything from fruits and vegetables to aspirin; in vaccines aluminum is used to improve the immune response. Thimerosal is a preservative that is not used in vaccines given to infants. It is now only used in some influenza vaccines for older children and adults, in amounts that are considered safe, but you can also get flu vaccine without it. Formaldehyde is safely used to detoxify bacterial toxins and inactivate live viruses used in vaccines.Learn More
No. Studies have conclusively disproved the theory that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism. The exact cause of autism is unknown, but scientists agree that the disorder begins before birth, while the brain is developing.Learn More
I had chickenpox when I was a kid and it was no big deal. Why does my child need a vaccination to prevent it?
Varicella (chickenpox) can actually become quite serious in some cases, leading to bacterial infection and pneumonia. One out of every 10,000 cases of chickenpox was fatal before the vaccine was developed and most fatal cases occurred in previously health children.Learn More
Typically, if your child has only a cold or other mild illness the vaccines will pose no additional risk and still be effective, but be sure to discuss your concern with your child’s pediatrician.Learn More