Skip to content

Children's Vaccines Health Center

Font Size

One in Five Children May Get Extra Vaccinations, Study Finds

Vital information:

  • Researchers report that one in five children aged 1 1/2 to 3 years may get at least one extra vaccination. They say that better record keeping is needed.
  • After sampling data from a 1997 survey, the researchers determined that about half the children were properly immunized, about a fifth got an extra vaccine, and a third were lacking a vaccine.
  • The study's authors recommend that parents become familiar with the recommended immunization schedule, bring their children in for shots on time, and keep their own set of vaccination records. An observer notes that failing to vaccinate children on time is the real health hazard. Also, he says, a nationally standardized immunization form is needed to reduce confusion and error.

1|2

Today on WebMD

Baby getting vaccinated
Is there a link? Get the facts.
syringes and graph illustration
Get a customized vaccine schedule.
 
baby getting a vaccine
Know the benefits and the risk
nurse holding syringe in front of girl
Should your child have it?
 

What To Know About The HPV Vaccine
Article
24 Kid Illnesses Parents Should Know
Slideshow
 
Nausea and Vomiting Remedies Slideshow
Article
Managing Immunization Schedules For Kids
Video
 

Doctor administering vaccine to toddler
Video
gloved hand holding syringe
Article
 
infant receiving injection
Tool
pills
Quiz
 

WebMD Special Sections