The shots to get and when to get them
Vaccinations saves lives
According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 5 children do not get routine vaccinations. These immunizations could help avoid preventable diseases that result in 1.5 million deaths each year. While diseases such as polio and rubella are no longer common threats in the U.S., it's still critical to vaccinate against them to ensure they remain that way.
Each year, top pediatric and disease prevention experts create a recommended vaccination schedule for children. They take into consideration the age when the immune system will work best with the vaccine, as well as the need to provide protection to infants as early as possible. While the recommended schedule is expected to be followed for healthy children, there are times when vaccinations may be delayed or avoided due to illness or allergic reactions.