Vaccines (shots) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases such as measles, diphtheria, and rubella.It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.
Most parents are aware that there are a series of recommended immunizations for children from birth through about age to prevent polio, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and more. Here’s a Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunizations. Also see: Schedules and Tools. Also see this helpful guide on Tips for a Less Stressful Shot Visit
There are other populations that need vaccines, too:
- College students to catch up on immunizations before they move into dormitories
- Adults, especially healthcare workers, need vaccines and boosters. Travelers may also need shots
- Pregnant women should get vaccinated to protect newborns from diseases like whooping cough (pertussis)
With back to school on the horizon, it’s a good time to update the status of immunizations for you and your loved ones – and to get flu shots on the calendar!