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What you need to know about your baby’s first 10 vaccines

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Read on to find out what each of your child’s first 10 vaccines does.

Although many parents dread watching their infants feel the stick of a needle, the immunizations that begin in infancy and continue throughout your child’s life are a crucial for his or her health and society. Vaccines not only keep your child healthy, they also keep the majority of the population healthy through herd immunity, which vastly limits devastating outbreaks. With the correct course of doses given at the appropriate times, your child can develop immunity to some fairly nasty illnesses.

References

  1. World Health Organization. Rotavirus.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics. Immunization.
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics. Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccination.
  4. American Academy of Pediatrics. Hepatitis A.
  5. American Academy of Pediatrics. Red Book Online. Summaries of Infectious Diseases: Measles.
  6. Red Book Online. Section 3: Summaries of Infectious Diseases. Haemophilus influenzae infection.
  7. American Academy of Pediatrics. Red Book: 2012 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. Pickering LK, ed. 29th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2012.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rotavirus.
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hepatitis B.
  10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hib Vaccination.
  11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Polio Vaccine Side Effects.
  12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Varicella Vaccination.
  13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hepatitis A Fact Sheet.
  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Possible Side-effects from Vaccines.
  15. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine.
  16. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2013 Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old.
  17. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A Look at Each Vaccine: the Hib Vaccine.
  18. New York Times. Polio Virus Discovered in Sewage from Israel.
  19. National Institutes of Health. Differentiation of bacterial and viral pneumonia in children.
  20. Cleveland Clinic. What is pneumonia?
  21. Oregon Health & Science University. Pneumonia in Children.
  22. World Health Organization. Pneumonia.
  23. COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES, Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2013−2014. Pediatrics, originally published online September 2, 2013.
  24. Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics, 4th ed. Behrman, Richard E. and Robert M. Kliegman: pp.453-456.
 

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  1. I d completely forgotten what age the flu shot could be started at, so thanks for the reminder!

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