Immunizations will strengthen your baby’s immune system.
Childhood Immunizations are Important!
They protect your baby from serious disease. Immunizations (also called vaccines) will strengthen your baby’s immune system and teach it to fight certain diseases. This will prevent your child from getting sick from these diseases, many of which cannot be treated or cured and can result in complications and even death.
Vaccines are safe and effective. Sometimes children will have minor reactions to a vaccine, such as soreness or redness where the shot was given, or a slight fever. It is very rare for a child to have a serious reaction to a vaccine.
The decision to immunize your child is an important one. Know the facts about vaccine benefits and risks.
A Baby’s Immune System is like an Eggshell
It is strong because it can handle many immunizations at the same time, and it is fragile because when a vaccine-preventable disease infects your baby, serious complications can occur.
Breastfeeding and Immunizations
If you are breastfeeding, immunizations are safe for you and your baby. Keep it up! Breastfeeding and getting immunized are two of the best things you can do to keep your baby healthy and safe from disease.
Ask! It’s OK to Have Questions!
Ask your doctor or nurse if you have questions about recommended immunizations. They can also talk to you about a vaccination plan for your child. Call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccines and Immunizations for Infants and Toddlers
- Washington State Department of Health Child Profile Sign-up and Immunization Information
- Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations