Babies receive antibodies from their mother through the placenta. These antibodies help to protect them against bacteria and viruses. Following the recommended immunization schedule in childhood helps provide immunity before kids are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children receive combination (multi-dose) vaccines instead of single- does vaccines whenever possible. Many vaccines are offered in combination to help reduce the number of shots a child receives and work with your child’s immune system to prevent various serious diseases. The recommended vaccinations your child needs to stay healthy are:
Most children can safely receive all of these vaccines but in some cases, exceptions exist. Children with certain health problems or a recent history of nerve disorders may need to receive vaccines at a later time or cannot receive some vaccines. Children with cancer or who are taking steroids for lung or kidney conditions, or have immune system problems should avoid vaccines made with live viruses.
The risks of vaccinations are small compared with the health risks of the diseases they’re intended to prevent. Some vaccines may cause mild reactions that go away within a day or two, such as soreness where the shot was given or fever, although serious reactions are rare.
Remember, vaccines prevent diseases and save lives. Children do not receive any known benefits from delaying, skipping, or rejecting vaccines entirely. Postponing vaccines puts children at greater risk of getting a vaccine-preventable disease.
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