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What are childhood immunizations?
Childhood immunizations are a series of vaccines that are given to infants and young children.
Why are childhood immunizations necessary?
The immediate benefit of childhood immunization is protecting your child from illness. Although most childhood illnesses are relatively light, complications, including death, can happen. In a wider perspective, childhood immunizations protect …
What diseases does childhood immunizations protect against?
Vaccines commonly included in childhood immunization programs are: hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine; DTP vaccine (diphtheria), tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough); Haemophilus influenza B (Hib) vaccine; MMR vaccine (measles, …
What can prevent my child from being immunized?
Your child may not be able to receive an immunization if they have a specific allergy to particular vaccine components (eggs or egg protein; gelatin) or to previous vaccines, if they are currently ill with fever, has congenital immune …
Are childhood immunizations safe?
Childhood immunizations are among the safest medical interventions. Serious side effects are very rare.
Will childhood immunization overload my child's immune system?
Childhood immunization does not overload a child's immune system. By simply being in the world, young children are constantly coming into contact with a large number of substances and micro-organisms, which their immune system …
Will childhood immunization make my child autistic?
No. Any links between childhood immunizations and autism have been disproved.
What side effects can childhood immunization have on my child?
Common adverse reactions to vaccines include soreness at the injection site, mild fever and discomfort. In very rare cases, a child will exhibit a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a vaccine. In such cases, immediate …
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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