Immunizations are safe and effective. They prevent our children and families from contracting diseases that can cause permanent disabilities and even death. By making sure a community is fully immunized, we can make our state, cities and schools healthier.
Immunization can save your child’s life for diseases which there are often no medical treatments for; they protect others with weekend immune systems; and prevents diseases from spreading.
Why does my child need so many doses to protect against one disease?
Your child gets as many doses as needed to fully protect them from a disease. More than one dose may be needed to help them build immunity over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children who can be immunized should follow the recommended schedule so they get the best protection possible.
Where can I get immunizations for my child?
You can contact your doctor to get your child up-to-date on their immunizations. Your local county health department also offers immunizations. Information on how to contact your county health department may be found here.
Do vaccines have side effects?
Vaccines go through rigorous testing and are proven to very safe. Side effects are usually mild and can include a sore arm or fever. There is a very small risk that a serious problem could occur after getting a vaccine. However, the potential risks from the diseases vaccines prevent are much greater than the potential risks associated with the vaccines themselves.