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  • I have a baby or young child, and I'm wondering about vaccines.
  • I have an adolescent or teenage child who may need a vaccine.
  • I have an adolescent or teenage child who may need a vaccine.

I have a baby or young child, and I'm wondering about vaccines.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on October 28, 2021

  1. What vaccinations should my baby or child receive, and why?
  2. Will the vaccine make my baby or child feel sick?
  3. What are the risks of vaccination?
  4. What are the risks of disease if my child is not vaccinated?
  5. How long do the vaccinations protect my child? Will they need boosters?
  6. When should my child receive the vaccines and is keeping to the regular schedule important?
  7. What medications can I give my child after they get vaccinations?

I have an adolescent or teenage child who may need a vaccine.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on October 28, 2021

  1. What vaccines are recommended for children 7 to 18?
  2. Has my child missed any vaccinations that they should have received?
  3. How are the vaccines given? Will they make my child feel sick?
  4. What are the risks of being vaccinated?
  5. What are the risks of disease if my child doesn't get vaccinated?
  6. When should my child receive their vaccines and is keeping to the regular schedule important?

I have an adolescent or teenage child who may need a vaccine.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on October 28, 2021

  1. Are my child's symptoms a side effect of vaccination?
  2. Will the symptoms go away on their own?
  3. Could my child be having a dangerous reaction to the vaccine?
  4. If the problem isn't serious, what can I do to relieve my child's symptoms?
  5. What should I do if my child's symptoms don't go away or get worse?
  6. Does keeping to the regular schedule have an affect side effects from the vaccine?