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Make sure your baby gets immunized!

Learn what vaccines your infant needs, when to get them, and why they are needed.

National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week is the perfect time to learn about the vaccines your baby needs!

Some diseases that are prevented by vaccines, like pertussis (whooping cough) and chickenpox, remain common in the United States. Other diseases are no longer common in this country because of vaccines. However, if we stopped vaccinating, even the few cases we have in the United States could very quickly become tens or hundreds of thousands of cases.  

14 Diseases you almost forgot about (thanks to vaccines)

Learn about the 14 diseases childhood vaccines prevent.

Is your baby healthy? Great! But that doesn’t mean she won’t ever get sick with a vaccine-preventable disease. Get your child immunized on time, every time. 
Learn about the recommended vaccinations for infants and children and when they should be given.

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Get the whooping cough vaccine while pregnant to protect your baby

Whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy is ideal so your baby will have short-term protection as soon as he is born. This early protection is important because your baby will not start getting his whooping cough vaccines until he is 2 months old. These first few months of life are when your baby is at greatest risk for catching whooping cough. This is also when he’s at greatest risk for having severe, potentially life-threating complications from the infection.


How do bacteria and viruses make a child sick? How do vaccines work with your child’s immune system to fight infections? What should parents expect after their child’s vaccine visit?
Find out in these "How Vaccines Work" videos by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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How do germs make your baby sick?


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How do vaccines help babies fight infections?


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What to expect when your child is vaccinated


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The Journey of Your Child’s Vaccine