Why Getting Vaccines on Time is Important to Your Baby's Health
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What are the risks if I don’t get my child vaccinated?
When parents choose not to vaccinate or to follow a delayed schedule, children are left unprotected against diseases that still circulate in this country, like measles and whooping cough. In 2010, more than 27,000 cases of whooping cough were reported nationally with 27 deaths – 25 of which were infants.
In 2011, 222 people were reported to have measles in the United States—that’s more than any year since 1996. Staying on track with the immunization schedule ensures that children have the best protection against diseases like these by age 2.
Dr. Schuchat cautions against parents delaying vaccination: “There is no known benefit to delaying vaccination. In fact, it puts babies at risk of getting sick because they are left vulnerable to catch serious diseases during the time they are not protected by vaccines.”
“I make sure my kids are vaccinated on time,” says Dr. Yabo Beysolow of CDC, mother of three. “Getting children all the vaccines they need by age 2 is one of the best things parents can do to help keep their children safe and healthy.”
If you have questions about the childhood immunization schedule, talk with your child’s doctor or nurse. For more information about vaccines, go to cdc.gov/vaccines/parents.