Wednesday 19th of December 2018

When to Start Vaccinations for Your Children

The benefits of childhood vaccinations are innumerable. Immunizations can do everything from protecting against serious diseases and infections to boosting the immune system. Vaccinations are especially important for children because their growing bodies make their immune systems highly susceptible to various maladies. In addition, research clearly shows that vaccinations work. According to the CDC, thirteen diseases that can be prevented with childhood vaccinations hit their lowest rate in U.S. history last year. However, one in four children today is not current on his/her vaccination schedule. The answers to some common questions about vaccinations will be answered in this article.

  • When should I immunize my child? Immunizations should begin when your child is only a few months old. The typical schedule is 2, 4, 6, and 12 months of age. Booster shots are also advised before your child enters school or child care. For a more detailed schedule, contact your family doctor, pediatrician, or local health department.
  • Why does my child need certain immunizations before kindergarten? Some states have laws that require children to be up to date on their immunizations before they can enter school or, sometimes, child care. Playgrounds and classrooms will expose your child to an abundance of germs, so current immunizations will help prevent as many threatening diseases.
  • Where can my child receive them? Almost any health care provider, including medical assistants, physicians, and nurses, can vaccinate children. Schedule an appointment with your family doctor or pediatrician or visit your local health clinic. Some counties offer walk-in immunization clinics for little or no cost without having to schedule an appointment.
  • How much do vaccines cost? Childhood vaccines are covered by most insurance plans. Different plans might not cover the full cost of the vaccine, but they usually cover most of it. Contact your insurance company for specifics. For those without insurance, most states or counties provide discounted or free access to necessary immunizations to those who cannot afford them.
  • Are vaccinations safe? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, immunizations are a safe way to protect children against diseases. Though, like any medication, vaccines may have some side effects, including temporary soreness or fever. These side effects are usually not serious and last for only a brief time.