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Why do children need many shots at once?

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You might wonder if it’s OK to space out your child’s shots. But keep in mind that there’s lots of evidence that the vaccine schedule recommended by the CDC is the best for children. And there’s no evidence that any other schedule is safer or works better.

A child's body fights off up to 6,000 germs every day. The total amount that a standard round of vaccines exposes him to is only 150.

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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