Vaccines protect your baby from diseases and illnesses like measles, mumps, and rubella. Today, there is even a flu vaccine that is encouraged every year. Learn about the different types of vaccines and which ones your baby will receive during his first year.
Here, experts weigh in on common myths surrounding the practice of vaccination -- and why those myths are wrong.
Thanks to vaccines, many once-common childhood illnesses have virtually been eliminated. But because we don't see children suffering or dying from these diseases anymore, we don't fear them the way our parents and grandparents did. Instead, the vaccines scare us. Seventy percent of American parents who don't vaccinate their kids sincerely believe vaccines are more dangerous than the diseases they prevent, according to the National Network for Immunization Information (NNII). Many question whether they contain harmful ingredients that will cause their child to have a bad reaction, get a serious disease, or become autistic. Here are the answers to your most pressing vaccine questions.
Shots may be scary, but they're the best way to keep your baby healthy in the first couple of years. Find out what your infant is set to get and why, tips for handling the pain, plus a handy printable vaccine cheat sheet.
Should parents follow a strict vaccine schedule or is there room for flexibility?
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Are your baby's shots on track? Check out this chart from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make sure he's getting his vaccinations on time.
Our pediatrician wants to give my 9-month-old daughter a PPD shot.
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The mother who posted this video is pleading with other parents to vaccinate their children.
Tia Mowry, actress and mother of 2-year-old Cree, chats with Parents about the importance of flu prevention for families. Even though the celeb mom doesn't like needles, Mowry shares her secret to keeping her son healthy and flu-free this season.
Moms who don't plan to follow the recommended schedule are more likely to get their information about vaccines from family, friends, or the Internet rather than a health care provider.
We know it probably hurts you too to watch your little one squeal at the doctor's office. So here's five tips to make vaccinations easier on your baby.
According to a new survey, vaccine refusals have increased since 2006.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made some controversial remarks about childhood vaccination at last night's debate.
These parents never imagined their child would catch one of the life-threatening diseases that vaccines can prevent. But just because the illnesses are rare doesn't mean they're not a tragic reality for parents who have lost their children to them. Here are their stories.
Talking to your anti-vaxxer friends can be frustrating and divisive when you know getting vaccinated is the right thing to do. "But you can talk about this issue in a way that builds your relationship," says Karen Ernst, director of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led nonprofit.
Hib flu, a bacterial infection in the bloodstream, can lead to more serious diseases like meningitis.
Make your little one's first vaccinations as pain-free as possible--for both of you.