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Childhood Immunization

Parents are concerned about the safety of their children. This is why they use car seats, safety latches and outlet covers to help keep them physically safe. Vaccines work in much the same way to protect children from serious injury or death caused from infectious diseases. That is why it is so important that parents vaccinate their children against these potentially threatening diseases.  
Some of the diseases children should receive immunizations for include hepatitis, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, polio, MMR (mumps, measles and rubella), chickenpox, rotovirus, pneumonia, and influenza. Vaccines work by tricking the body to react as if there were a real infection. This allows the body to fight future infections better.  
Some parents may hesitate to have their children vaccinated because they are worried that the child will have a serious reaction or that the shot will cause the illness the vaccine is supposed to prevent. The vaccines used today are safe and effective. Vaccines are made from weakened or killed organisms; therefore, vaccinations are not likely to cause any serious illness. Your child may run a low grade fever or have some soreness where the shot was given.  
Some parents may also choose not to vaccinate their children because they fear a link to autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an Autism Information Center on its’ website where the latest information available is posted. Log on to http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/vaccines.htm to learn more.  
Ensuring that your child is immunized properly is a big responsibility. In fact, many schools require proof of vaccination before a child can be enrolled. Consult with your child’s physician to ensure he/she receives all recommended vaccinations by the age of 2 years! If your child receives vaccinations from a public health clinic or other health care provider, be sure to tell your child’s doctor. It’s important that your child’s medical record is up to date.  
Want more information? Download our Preventive Care and Immunization Guidelines (PDF). Also helpful is the Childhood Immunization Scheduler which projects your child's immunization schedule based on current clinical guidelines and their date of birth. Try it now. If your child has missed immunizations, the Catch-up Immunization scheduler can help identify which immunizations are needed.  
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