A child getting a vaccine by doctor

Vaccinations can help protect babies and young children from specific diseases that could cause permanent damage to their health and even death. 

Diseases such as polio, measles, diphtheria, and tetanus are just a few preventable diseases immunizations protect against. In addition to protecting the child from dangerous complications, immunizing children may lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Some parents/caregivers may be concerned about the safety of vaccines for their children. Vaccines are widely tested and monitored for safety before and even after they have been approved for use. While any medicine can cause side effects, vaccines are much safer than the diseases they prevent. Talk with your health care provider before your child is vaccinated and address any concerns you may have. Inform the doctor or nurse if your child is ill, has allergies, or has had a bad reaction to vaccines or medicines in the past.

Extensive scientific research has found no connection between vaccines and autism. For more information about vaccinations, visit the sites below: