Immunizations

Ten Questions And Answers About How To Help Protect Your Child From Getting Deadly Diseases.
It's not always easy to know how to keep your child from getting sick. So if you have a young child, read this. It will help you keep your child healthy, and it will help answer the ten questions most parents ask about vaccinations. And remember, vaccination is just one very important part of your child's total health care. Make sure you have a regular doctor or clinic and get checkups even when your child is not sick.

1. Why Should You Get Your Child Vaccinated?
Your child needs vaccinations (shots) to protect them against very bad diseases. Today, there is a measles epidemic in America. Many children are catching other dangerous diseases like whooping cough. If your child doesn't get vaccinated at the right times, your child can get very sick and even die.

2. What Can Happen If You Don't Get Your Child Vaccinated?
Without vaccinations, your child can catch diseases that can cause rashes, fevers, coughing, choking, brain damage, heart problems, crippling, deafness, and blindness.

3. Do Vaccinations Work?
Yes. If your child gets the right vaccinations at the right times, you can reduce the chances of getting these diseases.

4. When Should Your Child Get Vaccinated?
Many parents think that children don't need vaccinations until they are ready to enter school. That's not true. Children need to be vaccinated when they are babies. Children need most of their vaccinations during their first 2 years, starting when they are 2 months old.

Children who are behind on their shots need to get vaccinated to "catch up" and be protected. Older children and teenagers also need vaccinations. The "Vaccination Schedule" tells you when you should get your child vaccinated.

5.What Are The Vaccinations That Your Child Needs?

Some vaccinations protect against more than one disease. But your child needs all of these vaccinations to stay healthy.

  • MMR to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella(German measles)
  • Polio (OPV) to protect against polio
  • DPT to protect against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussi(whooping cough); and
  • HIB to protect against Haemophilus influenza type b ( a major cause of meningitis).

6. Where Should You Go To Get Your Child Vaccinated?
You should get your child vaccinated at your doctor's office, at your community health center, or at your local public heath department or clinic.

7. What If You Don't Have The Money For Vaccinations?
You can get your child vaccinated even if you don't have the money to pay for it. At community health centers, children's clinics, and public health clinics, you can get your child vaccinated for free or a very low cost.

8. Are Vaccinations Safe?
Reactions to the vaccinations may occur, but they are rarely serious. Remember, the risk in not vaccinating your child is far greater than the risk of a serious reactions.

9. Do Vaccinations Hurt?
Sometimes they may hurt a little, and your baby will probably cry for a few minutes. But don't worry. Protecting your child's health is worth a few tears. If your child is old enough to understand, explain that vaccinations help prevent some very bad diseases.

10. Who Should You Call For More Information?
Always contact your doctor, your local public health department, or community health center if your child is sick, if you have health care questions, or if you need to know more about vaccinations and your child's health care needs.