Children And Immunizations: Schedule, Importance And Ages

This article discusses the immunizations that are necessary for keeping your children healthy. Read what immunizations your child needs.

From the moment your child is born, the first immunization your child will receive is Hepatitis B. Then at two months they will receive a second dose, along with DTP, OPV (oral polio), and hemophilus B immunizations. Most parents are concerned about these vaccines. Some children get reactions such as fever and in the worst cases, convulsions if the fever gets too high. The vaccine outweighs the risk, and it is so rare that this would happen to your child. Your risk is higher for them to catch a disease from not getting the vaccine then it is to get it.

The infections that your child can get from not being vaccinated are very serious. Polio will leave your child crippled for life; whooping cough is still a concern, as is tetanus.

These immunizations are relatively small in cost when you outweigh the outcome of getting the disease. If you find you cannot afford these vaccinations, there are agencies that can help with the cost of these vaccines and clinics that offer these vaccines for a flat fee based on income. So there is no excuse for avoiding having your child immunized. If you have any questions or concerns about any of these vaccines, ask your child's pediatrician to explain to you the benefits and risks.

Plan on taking your baby to the pediatrician within 24 hours after birth and between two and four weeks of age, as well as when your child is 2 months old.

If after the immunizations, your child gets a slight fever, this is common. Just give him or her acetaminophen infant drops. This will also relieve the soreness of the injection.

If your child is running a high fever and is very uncomfortable, call your pediatrician right away for further instructions. If your baby is ill, the doctor will postpone the vaccines. Your child must be healthy when they receive their immunizations.

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