15. Are your child's immunizations up to date?

Vaccinations are very important.

It’s important that children get vaccinated (get their shots) so they are immunized against preventable childhood illness and disease. Your child can be vaccinated at the doctor’s office or your local health department. Ask the doctor to give you a list of the shots your child has received. Keep this list so that you have records for school, and so you’ll know if your child needs more shots.

In most of the United States, many of these vaccinations are required for school or day care. The first shots for most of these illnesses should be given within the first two months of life. This is important because most of the diseases these vaccines protect your child against can be serious or even deadly within the first year of life. Ask your physician for the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule.

For additional information:

  • Discuss with your physician.
  • Contact Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900 toll-free, (920) 738-2230 in the Fox Cities, or (920) 231-6578 in Oshkosh.

From your Internet connection:

www.affinityhealth.org
then click on Health Resources
then click on Affinity's 22 Tips for Better Health

Or access the following links:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childhoodimmunization.html

www.medlineplus.gov

Adapted from: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FDA
Reviewed: 1/07
Reviewer: rfc

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