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Why are immunizations important for my infant’s health?

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Immunization (pronounced im-yuh-nuh-ZEY-shuhn), also called vaccination or shots, is an important way to protect an infant's health. Vaccinations can prevent more than a dozen serious diseases. Failure to vaccinate may mean putting children at risk for serious and sometimes fatal diseases.1

Infants are particularly vulnerable to infections; that is why it is so important to protect them with immunization. Immunizations help prevent the spread of disease and protect infants and toddlers against dangerous complications.1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a list of diseases that can be prevented with vaccines, as well as the benefits and risks of vaccination.

The CDC publishes a schedule of immunizations recommended for infants. These recommendations are approved by the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The CDC also offers an immunization schedule that can be customized for each child.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). For parents: Vaccines for your children. Retrieved April 12, 2013, from http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/infants-toddlers.html [top]

Last Updated Date: 06/24/2013
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