Immunizations, sometimes called “shots” or “vaccinations,” are one of the best ways to help keep your child healthy.
Children, especially young ones, are more likely to get very sick from diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. To be fully protected from these diseases, children may need more than one vaccination. For this reason, it takes about 7 trips to the doctor to make sure your child has all the recommended shots. Immunizations are required for entry into childcare and school so it is important that you make sure your child is up-to-date.
The need for shots does not stop when your child enters schools.
There are additional immunizations recommended for children 11-12 years old, some of which are required for school. Adults need to make sure they are immunized as well, especially if they are around infants, work in healthcare, or around persons with compromised immune systems. Everyone should get an influenza vaccine each year.
To the right is a series of links to answer your questions about immunizations and the diseases they prevent, as well as information about where you can obtain shots and shot records.