August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and McFarland Clinic wants to share information about vaccines for people of all ages. This post features the importance of vaccinations for babies and young children.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your child’s health is to have them vaccinated. Vaccines give you the power to protect your children from serious diseases.
By the time they reach 2 years of age, vaccines protect babies from 14 diseases. It is very important to make sure babies receive all doses of each vaccine according to the recommended vaccine schedule is very important.
When Should I Vaccinate My Kids?
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After 6 months of age, the CDC recommends children receive a yearly flu vaccine.
Children 6 months to 8 years old should get two doses of the flu vaccine if they are getting it for the first time. These doses should be spaced at least 28 days apart.
Children are also due for more doses of vaccines between 4 and 6 years old.
If a child falls behind the recommended vaccine schedule, their doctor can still give vaccines to catch up before adolescence.
Protecting Your Child & Community
Without vaccinations, children increase their risk for disease and spread of diseases.
Vulnerable communities are also at risk from kids and adults who are not properly vaccinated. Those communities include babies that are too young to be completely vaccinated, cancer patients and the elderly.
Kids who are starting daycare or school may need specific vaccinations. Speak with your teen's provider, school or local health department to learn more about those requirements.
For more information about vaccinations, see the following: