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Childhood Vaccines

Why Should My Child Be Vaccinated?

Vaccines can prevent serious diseases that once killed or harmed many infants, children, and adults. Without vaccines, your child is at risk for serious illness or even death from diseases like measles and whooping cough.

It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs.

  • Vaccination is a highly effective, safe, and easy way to help keep your family healthy.
  • The timing of vaccination is based on how your child’s immune system responds to vaccines at various ages and how likely your child may be exposed to disease.
  • Vaccines are tested to ensure they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.

CDC vaccine information statements (VISs) explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. VISs are available for each vaccine.

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