Vaccines

Vaccines are essential to keeping your child healthy from flu, chicken pox, and other harmful diseases. Learn everything you need to know about vaccines and vaccine schedules.

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The Most Common Side Effects of the Flu Shot in Kids Are Mild—Here’s What Parents Need to Know

The influenza shot sometimes causes mild side effects, but they shouldn’t deter your family from getting vaccinated. Here’s what experts have to say.

5 Facts You Need to Know About 'Alternative Vaccine Schedules'

Pediatricians across the country agree that delaying or eliminating any vaccinations is a definite no-no. So why are some parents going rogue when it comes to scheduling their child’s vaccines? Here are the facts.

The Most Important Vaccines for Children: An A-Z List for Parents

An easy-to-digest list of all your child's immunizations from birth to age 18, plus where they fall within the CDC's age-recommended vaccine schedule.

'I'm a Doctor and a Parent': Here's How Vaccines Work

Our panel of AAP pediatricians understands your concerns about vaccines. They’re parents, too. But here's what they really wish people knew about vaccines.

Vaccine Injuries Are Rare, Just Look at the Numbers

A federal vaccine compensation program was founded to compensate people who were injured by vaccines. Numbers prove these injuries don’t happen often.

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What a Measles Outbreak Means for Kids Who Can't Get Vaccinated

My daughter can't be vaccinated because she's still too weak from her chemotherapy cancer treatment. Children like her rely on herd immunity for protection. Here's how society is letting my family down when they do not vaccinate their children, and why a measles outbreak in my community is absolutely terrifying.

Measles in Adults: Should You Get Another Vaccination?

In light of the recent measles outbreak, here’s how to make sure you’re immune as an adult.

School Refuses Religious Exemptions for Vaccines in the Midst of Outbreaks

The private school in Ohio is mandating that all students be up to date on their vaccinations.