What happens if my child misses a vaccine?

Q: What happens if my child misses a vaccine?

A: If your child's vaccination schedule gets sidetracked, don't worry. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a special "catch-up" schedule for missed doses, so your child shouldn't have to start over. But remember that even though it's possible for most children to make up missed vaccines, postponing your child's shots is still risky. Each month your baby goes without being vaccinated means she's not fully protected from serious, but very preventable, diseases. --Sandra Hume

Originally published in the December 2006 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009


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