Vaccinating your child on time throughout his or her childhood is essential because it helps young children build immunity before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, and even the flu. Some parents have concerns about vaccinating their children; however, vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.
Vaccine-preventable disease include:
- Diphtheria or DTap
- Hepatitis A and B
- Pertussis, commonly known as Whooping Cough
- Pneumococcal or Pneumonia
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a wealth of information and education on why it’s important to vaccinate and which vaccinations your child should get at each age.
Common myths regarding immunizing children are:
- Vaccines contain harmful ingredients.
- Vaccines cause autism and SIDS.
- Vaccine-preventable diseases are part of childhood, and it’s better to get the disease to become immune.
- Since other children are immune, I don’t have to vaccinate my child.
- A child can get the disease from the vaccine.
Our Pediatricians can help address these myths or any concerns you may have regarding vaccinating your child. You can also learn more about the facts behind these myths at American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.