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Keeping your children vaccinated is an important part of their health to avoid contracting serious diseases. The researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are regulating the safety and efficiency of these vaccines on a daily basis, and staying up to date with the latest in vaccination news is crucial.

Updates:

  • As of August 2017, children under the ages of 15 who have started the human papillomavirus vaccine will now only need two doses rather than the original three.
  • In terms of the Hepatitis B vaccine, infants were initially given this a few days after birth. Now, babies should receive this vaccination within 24 hours of being born.
  • As it was during last year’s flu season, the FluMist nasal spray is not recommended for children after research continues to find it ineffective.

Upon germs entering the body, our immune systems produce antibodies catered specifically to certain antigens, which are then fought and killed. Vaccines are extremely important for the development of children’s immune systems, as they introduce weakened versions of these antigens or viruses to stimulate the body into attacking them, teaching them how to respond and defend in future cases.

There are very little risks associated with vaccinations, and the side effects that may come with them are mild and temporary. Children may experience fever or body aches, though your doctor will be able to tell you which symptoms are more associated with which vaccines. Also, they can properly recommend you a timeline as to when your child should be vaccinated.

Suggestions as to when children should receive their vaccinations tend to vary. Many hospitals and organizations have up-to-date timetables for the most current recommendations, however. As previously mentioned, their first vaccine should be administered shortly after birth.

In rare or special circumstances, some children should not receive vaccinations at all. In any case of a child having a disease or illness that reduces their ability to fight infection, such as cancer or viral hepatitis, a vaccine can actually flourish within his or her body. Any allergic reactions to a vaccine shot are also cause for holding off on further vaccinations. Your doctor can clearly explain why they should continue or stop administering the rest of the vaccines.

Being properly vaccinated is important for individuals of all ages depending on their health. They can prevent serious diseases that can lead to worsening health conditions. Children especially should be properly vaccinated for optimal health and development. Talk to your doctor or child’s pediatrician to stay updated on the most recent vaccination information.