Immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a child, a family, or community. While these diseases are not common in the U.S., they persist around the world. It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, mumps, and measles can and do occur in this country
Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly — especially in infants and young children. Click on the boxes below to see which vaccines are recommended for your child’s age.
You can also consult the Easy-to-Read Childhood Immunization Schedule and the Easy-to-Read Teen Immunization Schedule. Learn more about who sets the immunization schedule, how vaccine recommendations are made, and why they are important.
- Page last reviewed: April 15, 2016
- Page last updated: April 15, 2016
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