Vaccines play a critical role in not only in protecting individuals, but also protecting families and communities. Having your child immunized while they are infants can be key to protecting their health.
Why Vaccinate Early?
By the age of two, most children can be vaccinated against fourteen different diseases. Young children and infants are more likely develop problems from these diseases including complications such as pneumonia, long-term disability and even death. These problems are the reason why children should be vaccinated early in their lives, before they are exposed to these illnesses.
Is it Possible to Receive Too Many Vaccinations at Once?
Most vaccines contain a small amount of antigens–parts of germs that our immune system responds to. Our bodies are exposed to thousands of these antigens every day. The amount of antigens in most vaccines is very small compared to the amount that children are exposed to on a everyday basis, so giving several vaccines at once is very safe.
Currently the United States has the safest vaccines in history. Millions of children safely receive vaccines every year, and the most common side effect is some mild redness and swelling at the vaccination site.
If you want to know what vaccinations your child should be getting and when they should get them, talk to your child's pediatrician or your family medicine provider. You can also visit the CDC's website to see complete immunization schedules for children from birth to age 18.