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Common questions parents have about baby immunizations

Published On: Jul 12 2013 11:38:21 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2013 09:13:21 AM CDT
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New parents typically have a lot of questions about their baby, including questions regarding his or her vaccinations.

Get answers to some of the most common questions parents have about their baby’s immunizations.

When does my baby need to get his or her vaccinations? According to Immunize.org, your physician should let you know when your child is due for his or her first immunizations, and when to bring him or her back for follow-up shots.

If I miss an appointment does my child need to restart his or her vaccinations? According to Immunize.org, if your child is late on getting a dose he or she shouldn’t have to start over.

Why does my baby need vaccinations? According to Immunize.org, vaccinations protect against serious diseases by allowing a person’s immune system to fight off the bacteria or viruses. Even if some diseases don’t seem prevalent in the U.S. anymore, babies should still be vaccinated as a precaution, according to Immunize.org.

Are vaccines safe? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA, vaccines are safe for babies, children and adults. The FDA says it tests each vaccine to make sure it is safe to administer.

Is there a way to protect my baby from vaccine-prevent diseases without getting a vaccination? According to Immunize.org, breast feeding only boosts a baby’s immunity against minor illnesses for a limited time. The organization says breast feeding and vitamins aren’t a good option to protect your child from serious diseases.

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