Infants and Children
Why should infants and young children be vaccinated?
Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is critical to protect them through immunization. Each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized before age two against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunizations help prevent the spread of disease and protect infants and toddlers against dangerous complications.
Immunization is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their children’s health. Today we can protect children from 14 serious diseases. Failure to vaccinate may mean putting children at risk for serious diseases.
- Common Questions Parents Ask about Infant Immunizations
- Immunizations for Infants and Young Children (toddlers)Overview and links to specific diseases
- VIDEO: Welcome to parenthood (.wmv)50 second video. A light-hearted look at the challenges new parents face.
- VIDEO: Answers tough questions that real moms had about childhood immunizations April 15, 2009
- Every Child By Two’s campaign, “Vaccinate Your Baby” addresses vaccine misinformation
- Understanding Vaccines & their Purpose
- Parents Who Question Vaccines
- Myths Busted
- Recommended immunizations for babies (English & Spanish versions) UPDATED Jan 2010
- Make your own schedule (birth through six years old)Customize a version for each child
- National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW campaign materials)
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