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Immunizations for Your Child: What you need to Know


Friday, December 14, 2007
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It may seem like you or you child are getting a lot of vaccinations, but vaccines are a very important part of protecting your children and yourself from some very serious diseases. Anyone who has seen a person die from a disease that could be prevented by a vaccine knows how important immunizations are. Both children and adults need certain vaccines. In this issue vaccines given to children will be discussed. Next issue will include vaccines given to teens and adults.

Immunizing your child is one of the most loving things you can do. Shots work. Shots are safe. They have very few side effects. The benefits far outweigh any risks.

Be sure to get shots at the right ages. Kids need most of their shots by 2 years of age. Shots work best at these ages, but if your child is behind, you can get them caught up.

Most of the time, it is okay to go ahead with vaccination even if your child has a cold, earache, diarrhea, or is on antibiotics. It is okay for a baby to receive several shots at the same time. It helps the immune system to grow stronger.

Remember to carry a shot record card for each child. You will need them for the doctor, child care, Head Start, school, camp, and even college. Also, any immigrant hoping
to become a legal resident must provide proof of immunization to the Department of Homeland Security. Some vaccines are very costly, so keeping records will ensure
you do not have to take them over again.

If you are looking for more information about the diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, check out the Vaccine Information Sheets. They have translations available in many languages. The website is: www.immunize.org/VIS.

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