Immunization know-how is important once you have a baby. Infants and young children who are immunized are protected against diseases...
Immunization know-how is important once you have a baby. Infants and young children who are immunized are protected against diseases that can strike while they're young. The diseases that immunizations protect against tend to be worse when a child is young (with few exceptions). For example, according to the CDC, "Approximately 50% of children younger than 6 months old who get whooping cough (pertussis) must be hospitalized, and this age group accounts for about 92% of all deaths from the disease." Adults who get this disease fare better. Steps you should take: 1. Find out if your baby needs an immunization. You can find out which immunizations your baby needs by...
- Talking with your baby's pediatrician.
- Using the Instant Childhood Immunization Scheduler offered by the CDC.
- Books are less reliable when it comes to baby shots, because books can become outdated quickly. Don't rely on baby health care books for all your immunization info.
- Bacterial Meningitis
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal disease
- Rubella (German measles)
- Tetanus (lockjaw)
- Varicella (chickenpox)