Childhood Vaccinations

  • Vaccines play an important role in the health of your child. The last time you took your child for a checkup, did you notice the chart that listed their past vaccinations? Your child’s healthcare provider follows a set immunization schedule to make sure that these necessary vaccinations are given according to the American Academy of Pediatrics schedule and at the optimum age for your child.
  • As a caregiver, you have the power to protect your child from 16 serious diseases.  Diseases like Hepatitis B and A, whooping cough, polio, measles, meningitis, mumps, chickenpox and cancers caused by HPV.

How will I know what my child needs?

  • First, you can visit the CDC’s website to see the recommended vaccine schedule.
  • This immunization schedule is designed to provide protection early in life, before children are likely exposed to serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. Some vaccines might require more than one dose, and they should be given on time. It’s important for your child to be up-to-date on their childhood vaccinations.

Why does my child need vaccines?

  • A vaccine works to trigger child’s natural ability to develop protection against disease. Because of vaccines, some diseases are not nearly as common now as they used to be, but we need to continue to vaccinate in order to prevent them returning. In 2019, there was a severe measles outbreak due to low vaccination rates. That’s a good reminder of the importance of vaccines.
  • Additionally, seasonal vaccines, like for influenza, should not be ignored. Children commonly need treatment for the flu, and the vaccine can reduce hospitalizations.

Are vaccines safe?

  • Yes, vaccines are tested to make sure that they are not just effective, but also safe. Vaccines are also continually monitored to ensure they continue to be safe and effective.

How can I ensure my child is up to date?

  • Talk to your child’s healthcare provider. Ask if your child is up-to-date on their immunizations. If they are behind, work together to create a plan to get them back on track. Your child’s healthcare provider wants to be sure your child is healthy, and being properly immunized is an important step.