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National Immunization Awareness Month 2019

Vaccinate on time. Getting vaccines at the recommended time is the best way to protect against serious diseases.


Growing Up with Vaccines 


On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.

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  • Preventing whooping cough is especially important for pregnant women and their newborns.
  • A Tdap vaccine during pregnancy provides the best protection against whooping cough for both you and your baby.
  • After birth, getting your baby the recommended vaccines on time provides them with protection against whooping cough and other serious diseases.
  • Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure you are up to date on vaccines before becoming pregnant and that you receive the Tdap and flu vaccines during pregnancy.
Childhood and adolescent
  • By getting your child the recommended vaccines during childhood and adolescence, you protect them from 16 serious diseases.
  • The immunization schedule is designed to provide immunity early in life, before children are likely to be exposed to serious, potentially life-threatening diseases.
  • Some vaccines require more than one dose to provide the best protection. Each recommended dose is important.
  • Vaccines provide you immunity before you are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
  • Women should be up to date on their vaccinations before becoming pregnant, receive vaccines during pregnancy, and may need certain vaccines after giving birth.
  • Use CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you, and talk to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to make sure you are up to date on recommended vaccines.

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