Immunizations protect babies, toddlers, and children against many childhood diseases that were once devastating and even deadly. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a recommended schedule for immunizations for your baby, toddler, and child. If you choose to delay immunizations for your child, there is also a catch-up schedule.
Immunizations are medications, and like other drugs, can have side effects. In most cases, vaccine side effects are mild, such as fever and redness or soreness at the injection site. In some cases, more serious side effects can occur, such as allergic reactions. Very rarely, severe side effects occur.
The CDC and FDA monitor vaccines closely to make sure they are as safe as possible. In the rare event a severe reaction does occur, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is available to provide compensation for injuries.
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