Pediatric Health: Staying on schedule with your child’s vaccinations

VACCINATIONS PROTECT against many infections, including pertussis, mumps, measles, and even polio and diphtheria. Despite the fact that many of these diseases now seem archaic, it is important that your child receive vaccines in accordance with the schedule set out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Association of Pediatrics. Why is the timing important?

The schedule set out by the CDC and AAP has been developed taking into account the age range when the child’s immune system will respond best. There is not much research on alternative vaccination schedules and whether delaying vaccinations will impact their ability to protect your child or your child’s potential response to the shot.

Vaccines are timed to protect children before they are most likely to encounter certain diseases, while also protecting the child from all vaccine-preventable diseases as soon as possible. More than 20 shots are recommended within the first two years of life, so it’s important to stick to the schedule to get them all completed as soon as possible.

Delaying vaccinations puts your child and others at risk. Deferring vaccines leaves a child at risk for diseases that can be difficult and expensive to treat. Under-vaccinated children also pose a potential risk for other children, grandparents, and pregnant women. While the child may be able to fight off a contracted disease, it might prove deadly for someone with a weakened or compromised immune system.

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column by DIANE MAGEAU, MD
Pediatric Partners

This column is sponsored by Pediatric Partners.

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