Immunizations

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly -- especially in infants and young children.

Nearly all children can be safely vaccinated, but there are exceptions and some children may not be able to receive some vaccines. Examples include:

  • Children with allergies to something in a vaccine
  • Children with weakened immune systems due to an illness or a medical treatment, such as chemotherapy

CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children, Birth through 6 Years and 7-18 Years