Immunizations are the best way to help protect you and your child from certain diseases. Most are given as shots. They are sometimes called vaccines or vaccinations.
Why should we get vaccinated?
Getting vaccinated costs less than getting treated for the disease. The risk of getting a disease is much greater than the risk of having a bad reaction to the vaccine.
Vaccines need to be started soon after birth. They are given at certain ages. Some vaccines need extra doses, called booster shots, given later. Children, teens and adults need vaccines. Talk to your healthcare provider about when to get recommended vaccines.
When your child gets the needed vaccines for their age by their 2nd birthday and by their 13th birthday, they will be entered in a monthly drawing for a $25 VISA® gift card.
It is important to keep up-to-date vaccine records. Your healthcare provider keeps official immunization records. Keeping personal records also is important. This should include a list of any reactions to the vaccines. You may need to show proof of vaccinations to enroll your child in school or daycare. Your child may also need the record later in life for college, a job or travel.
You can use an immunization tracker.Also, you can find your own immunization record online.
The vaccines you need as an adult depend on many things. For example – your age, lifestyle, overall health, pregnancy and travel plans.
They also depend on who you are in close contact with. Also, what vaccines you had as a child can make a difference. Talk to your doctor or nurse about which vaccines you need.
Common adult vaccines include –
To find more information about certain vaccines, go to www.cdc.gov/vaccines and select Vaccines & Preventable Diseases.