Why Parents Should Stick to the Childhood Vaccines Schedule

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Vaccinating your child is an important step when it comes to keeping him/her healthy. However, there’s some controversy when it comes to how many, how much and how often such vaccines should be given.

Following the CDC’s official vaccination schedule is paramount to effectively protect children from 13 different diseases. Most of these vaccinations require multiple doses or booster shots. As a result, kids get up to 27 vaccinations by their second birthday, and may even receive as many as 5 shots at a time. Understandably, some parents are concerned about exposing their children to so many different antigens (the molecules from the pathogen that trigger the immune system).

Yet, there are important reasons for sticking to the recommended vaccine schedule. Several vaccinations are administered in very short periods of time or even all at once because a child is most vulnerable to infections during these time-frames. Furthermore, the safety and efficacy of vaccines can only be ensured under this schedule as it has been thoroughly studied; this is cannot be said for schedules that are spread out or omit certain vaccines.

Thus, not having your child vaccinated according to the recommended schedule could leave your child more susceptible to potentially life-threatening diseases. Carrington College developed this easy-to-follow guide below that can help you keep track of your child’s vaccinations to protect him or her from illness.

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See the full infographic up to 16 years of child’s age here.

To learn more details including history of vaccines, see our comprehensive guide to children’s vaccinations.

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