What is the Right Child Immunization Schedule

Right Child Immunization ScheduleImmunizations for children are important because immunizations are the immunity against diseases. An immunization is done by giving a person a vaccination. Vaccinations are the best way to prevent diseases, they not only protect children but they also keep the public safe by reducing the spread of diseases. Diseases are spread person to person. If you have enough of the population immunized the diseases may not contact the population at all which then protects everyone. Smallpox and Polio are two diseases that at one time were very serious now with the increase in immunizations those diseases have just about disappeared.

When it comes to children most of them get their shots during their childhoods. There is one campaign called Every Child by Two, this program urges parents to protect their children before they are 2 years old by getting them vaccinated. Parents should not try to guess on what vaccines they child needs, asking a doctor is the best idea. Then keep a list of your child’s immunizations for your own records because when your child starts school they will want the papers showing that the vaccinations were done.

So you are probably wondering which immunization schedule is right for your child, well there a few places you can get your own immunization schedules for everyone, from babies to 18 year olds. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), the ACIP(Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) of the CDC, and the AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) issue a childhood immunization schedule in January every year for parents to see what the recommended vaccines are out there for children that they believe your child should have. The CDC publishes the most recent schedule of immunizations for what currently are the best vaccines. The most recent vaccinations you need would be the best because they are the most current.

Looking at the 2010 schedule for children 0-6, you can see that there are a total of 11 different vaccinations that they recommend. The most common vaccination is the Hepatitis B vaccine, which is given at birth before a baby leaves the hospital. Later when the baby is 1-2 months old the vaccine will be administered again, the last Hepatitis B vaccine is given when the baby is 6 months old. This is only the most common vaccine, there are still 10 others, but this will keep your baby disease free.

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