Vaccinate Your Baby

Positive Outcomes from Rigorous Questioning

As a parent, you want what's best for your child. Making good medical decisions is an enormous responsibility, and you should absolutely discuss any concerns or questions you have with your child's health care provider so that you can work together to provide the best care for your baby.

Knowing the benefits of vaccinating against immunization-preventable diseases does not mean that there's nothing to talk about with your doctor. To be sure that all of your concerns are addressed, you may find it helpful to prepare a list of questions before your visit.

How can I make the immunization process easier for my child?
Your doctor may have tips on comforting your child after a shot, or on soothing discomfort at the injection site.

What are the possible side effects?
All vaccines have potential, known side effects. Serious reactions are extremely rare. Be prepared by knowing the range of normal reactions and asking your doctor if you have questions.

What if my child has allergies?
Though vaccines are among the safest medical products, be sure to discuss any known allergies with your child's doctor.

What immunization schedule is best for my child?
Years of research has gone into creating the recommended schedule for immunizations to ensure the safety of your baby from devastating diseases while minimizing any risk from the medication. Based upon your child's medical history, your doctor will know if any modifications need to be made to the timing of his or her vaccines. The majority of children can safely follow the recommended childhood schedule.