Fact Or Fiction
Too Many, Too Soon
It is important to remember that serious diseases attack the young and weak. We immunize young children against diseases because infancy is the time when kids are MOST vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses. The people at greatest risk of dying from a vaccine-preventable disease are the very young and the very old. We vaccinate to save lives.
Parental concerns about the number of shots your child gets is understandable. Compared to when you were vaccinated, kids do get a lot more shots these days. However, the number of shots also means that they are protected from lots of diseases.
When your child is vaccinated following the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule, he or she will have immunity to 14 diseases by the age of two, in as little as 18 shots if using combination vaccines, or as many as 26 shots if using individual antigens.
The number of vaccines your child receives is actually good news. It means that we are able to protect babies from even more disease than ever before. Thanks to these vaccines, most of us have not seen new cases of some of the serious infectious illnesses.
The CDC recommended vaccine schedule is specifically designed to protect children when they are most at risk. Scientists and doctors have invested countless hours into making sure the childhood vaccine schedule is safe and effective.
The vaccine schedule is reviewed every year by the Advisory Committee for Vaccine Practices (ACIP) to evaluate the combination of the vaccines, review current science, add new vaccines and create policy on when vaccines should be given to children. ACIP is a committee composed of scientists, researchers, physicians and organizational representatives who are experts in the field of infectious disease epidemiology and pediatrics. These are open meetings that anyone can attend and can even register to watch online.
When you choose to immunize your child, you help make the world a safer place. The increased number of vaccines given and the increased percentage of children receiving vaccines have resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of vaccine-preventable diseases in children.