Keeping Up to Date on Recommended Childhood Vaccinations

Parents and Caregivers

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Keeping up to date with vaccines is one of the best things you can do to help protect your child from serious diseases. Routine childhood vaccination in the United States has been very successful in preventing illness and death. Serious diseases such as diphtheria, mumps, and rubella, once common at young ages, are now practically unheard of. Let’s keep it that way.

 The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children keep up to date on their childhood vaccinations and well-child visits. This helps children stay healthy for school, childcare, and beyond. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider.

Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them

Thanks to vaccines, your child has protection against

Recommended Vaccines for Children and Adolescents

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Keeping children and adolescents up to date with vaccinations is the best way to help protect them from many serious diseases.

The vaccine schedule is developed to offer protection from diseases right on time. It’s best to vaccinate before your child is exposed to diseases to reduce the risk of serious disease complications.

View the schedules to see which vaccines CDC recommends for each age group and talk to your child’s healthcare provider.

Talking to your Child’s Healthcare Provider about Recommended Childhood Vaccines

Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential to keep children healthy. Children who don’t have protection from vaccines are more likely to get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases. These diseases can be very contagious and serious, especially for babies and young children. Start the vaccine conversation now.

Before you meet with your child’s healthcare provider:
  • Do your own research – gather information from credible sources (see resources below).
  • Write down any questions or concerns you may have.
Talking with your child’s healthcare provider is an opportunity to:
  • Get answers and information about vaccines from a provider you trust.
  • Ask questions and discuss any concerns about your child’s health.
  • Track growth and developmental milestones.
Find Free Vaccines for Your Child

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines to eligible children at no cost. This program provides free vaccines to children who are Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, underinsured, or American Indian/Alaska Native. Read more on the program’s requirements, and talk to your child’s healthcare provider to see if they are a VFC provider. You can also find a VFC provider by calling your state or local health department or seeing if your state has a VFC website.

Healthcare Providers

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In recent years, there have been outbreaks of some diseases that vaccines prevent. These events are happening across the country, and especially in communities with low vaccination rates. You can help. Use evidence-based strategies and resources to talk to parents and caregivers about keeping up to date on recommended vaccinations.

On-time immunization plays a vital role in protecting children and communities from serious diseases. As a trusted source of health information for parents and caregivers, your recommendation can help families make an informed decision and stay healthy.

For Partners

Together, we can protect children, families, and communities through recommended vaccines. Below are resources and vaccination messages you can use to share key information with your networks.

The “Keeps It That Way” communications effort is informed by feedback from parents of young children representative of the general public, including those living in rural areas. It aims to raise awareness about the risk of disease and invites parents to learn more about the diseases and the protection vaccines can provide to children’s health. This communication effort encourages parents and caregivers to talk to their child’s healthcare provider and keep their child up to date on all recommended vaccines.

Promotional Materials

Use these graphics and to help raise awareness about the risk of diseases and the protection vaccines can provide to children’s health.

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