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Why are vaccines so important for children?

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Being a parent means you likely worry about keeping your child safe and healthy. You treat bumps and bruises, and soothe him when he's sick. Vaccines are another important way to protect your child's health. Almost all healthy kids should get vaccines as they grow up. Your child’s doctor can help you know when it’s time for vaccinations. You can also find out more about the shot schedule from the CDC.

From: Children’s Vaccines: The Basics WebMD Medical Reference

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Centers for Disease Control: "How Vaccines Work," "Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old," "2015 Recommended Immunizations for Children from 7 Through 18 Years Old."

American Academy of Pediatrics website: "Who Should Not Be Immunize," "AAP Immunizations Frequently Asked Questions: Vaccine Safety." 

DeStefano, F.  2013. The Journal of Pediatrics,

Drutz, J. UpToDate.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2017

SOURCES: 

Centers for Disease Control: "How Vaccines Work," "Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old," "2015 Recommended Immunizations for Children from 7 Through 18 Years Old."

American Academy of Pediatrics website: "Who Should Not Be Immunize," "AAP Immunizations Frequently Asked Questions: Vaccine Safety." 

DeStefano, F.  2013. The Journal of Pediatrics,

Drutz, J. UpToDate.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 08, 2017

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