Each year immunizations, also known as vaccines, save millions of lives by preventing illness and lifelong disability. Many childhood diseases are now preventable by vaccination. Diseases that used to be common around the world, including polio, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and mumps can now be prevented by vaccination. These illnesses can result in serious complications and even death. It is important for each parent to get the facts and information surrounding immunizations to make an informed decision for his/her child. Immunization is the single most important way parents can protect their children from serious diseases.
Immunizations and vaccinations provide us with antibodies we need to ward off many types of life-threatening diseases. They have been approved by the FDA as a safe part of health and wellness.
It is recommended that childhood immunizations begin around the age of eight weeks. At this time, the natural immunity to an illness that newborn babies receive from their mother’s begins to wear off, and they become more susceptible to disease. Following the initial shots, the immunizations should be administered on an ongoing basis until the full vaccine series is finished. Your doctor will be able to provide you with a full schedule to follow for your child’s immunizations.