Immunization: Expecting a Baby?

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You Wrap them in Love. Vaccines will Wrap them in Protection.

Parents with their babyYour love is a circle of safety your baby will never be without. You can strengthen that circle with on-time immunizations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended vaccine plan is the best way to protect your baby’s health from the beginning and into their future.

Talk with your doctor today.

How do we know vaccines are safe?

Vaccines are one of the most thoroughly tested medical products available in the U.S. A vaccine goes through years of testing, and once in use, continues to be monitored by the CDC, U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and independent health organizations.


Are vaccines natural?

When your baby is exposed to a germ, their body protects itself by developing antibodies to help fight it off. Vaccines help their body develop those same natural defenses without your baby getting sick first. That is because vaccines are made by taking the naturally occurring germ and weakening it to the point where it cannot cause the disease.


Are vaccines effective?

Some vaccines are very effective and last a lifetime, while others may last a shorter time and require booster doses. While no vaccine is perfect, they will greatly increase the chances of your baby staying healthy.


What kinds of ingredients are in vaccines?

Vaccines contain several different ingredients, just like many of the foods we eat and beverages we drink. The small amount of these ingredients make vaccines more effective, sterile, and safe. These additional ingredients have been studied and are shown to be safe for children in the amount used in vaccines. In fact, the amount of these additional ingredients in vaccines is much less than children encounter in their environment every day.


What are vaccine side effects?

The most common side effects are soreness, redness, or swelling on the arm or leg where they got the vaccine. Sometimes a low-grade fever will occur, which is a sign that your baby is building immunity to the disease.


How do I know when my baby should get their vaccines?

The CDC-recommended vaccination plan uses the best science and is endorsed by other medical groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Following this plan is the best way to protect your baby’s health now and in the future.


How do I pay for my baby’s vaccines?

Most insurance plans cover the cost of vaccines. If you do not have insurance, or have insurance that does not cover vaccines, your baby may qualify for the Vaccines for Children program.


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Last Revised: August 27, 2020