Also known as: vaccinations, booster shots, immunizations.

girl wearing a facemaks and receiving a vaccine on her armKeeping children up-to-date on their immunizations is important for both their health and the health of our community. In recent years, we have seen pediatric outbreaks of diseases for which vaccines are available, and part of CDC-recommended vaccinations such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are doses of dead or weakened viruses, bacteria or other organisms that provide the body with protection from developing the illness related to the organism later in life. Many are given early in life to protect children from dangerous illnesses, but others are given annually (such as the flu vaccine) or later in life.

Why are vaccinations and immunizations important?

Maintaining a regular vaccination schedule protects your child and our communities from preventable diseases and outbreaks.

What is the safety of vaccines?

Vaccines undergo a rigorous testing process often for years before they are administered to the public.


Reviewed by: Maria Milla, MD

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