I've heard so much lately about new vaccines coming on the market, but I'm reluctant to get my son any shots that he doesn't really need. How do I know which ones he really should get?
To protect them from a number of potentially serious diseases, kids should receive all the vaccinations recommended for them by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other immunization authorities.
Some parents choose not to vaccinate or only partially vaccinate their children — sometimes for safety concerns and other times for financial reasons. But new vaccines are licensed and recommended only after being thoroughly studied. And safety monitoring continues even after a vaccine has been approved.
If cost is an issue, kids can receive inexpensive or free vaccines through local public health clinics or community health centers.
If you have questions or concerns about which vaccines your son should receive, talk to your doctor.
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: September 2014
|American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.|
|CDC: Vaccines & Immunizations The CDC's site has information on vaccines, including immunization schedules, recommendations, FAQs, and more.|
|Immunization Action Coalition This organization is a source of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization information as well as hepatitis B educational materials.|
|The History of Vaccines The History of Vaccines is an informational, educational website created by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest professional society in the United States.|
|The Risks of Postponing or Avoiding Vaccinations Immunization is the best way to protect kids from preventable diseases. Yet some parents are skipping vaccinations - a risky choice could affect not only their kids' health but yours, too.|
|Your Child's Immunizations Immunizations protect your child from potentially fatal diseases. Find out what vaccines your child needs to grow up healthy.|
|Frequently Asked Questions About Immunizations Immunizations have protected millions of children from potentially deadly diseases. Learn about immunizations and find out exactly what they do - and what they don't.|
|Immunization Schedule Which vaccines does your child need to receive and when? Use this immunization schedule as a handy reference.|
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