It's important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to immunizing your baby.
Along with a newborn comes the need to be knowledgeable about all sorts of topics. You've likely researched diapers, cribs and car seats, but do you know the facts about vaccinating your baby? In honor of National Infant Immunization Week, here are five important things to know.
1. Infant immunizations are safe. A broad spectrum of health experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe in the safety and potential life-saving power of vaccines and advise parents to have their infants immunized.
2. The benefits outweigh the risks. Immunizations can keep your infant safe from potentially life-threatening diseases. Side effects of these vaccines are typically mild such as soreness or low-grade fever.
3. There is no scientific link between infant immunizations and autism. Research has shown that there is no relationship between any infant immunization, including MMR (for protection against measles, mumps and rubella), and autism.
4. There is a recommended schedule. Some parents question why their child can't wait until school age to be vaccinated. Children are susceptible to diseases prior to reaching school age, so the American Academy of Pediatrics has a recommended immunization schedule.
5. Your pediatrician is a knowledgeable source of information. Your doctor can answer your questions regarding infant immunizations in general and can tell you what is advisable for your child specifically.
To learn about our Pediatric Services department, visit us online or call 972-420-1518. Talk to your child's pediatrician to find out which immunizations your baby needs. If you need to find a pediatrician, use our online Find a Physician service or call our Physician Referral line at 855-880-4625.