Vaccines (immunizations) keep children healthy. Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives.

However, parents may still have questions about why vaccines are needed, and some parents may be concerned about vaccine safety because they have been misinformed.

Read on for answers from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to some common questions parents have about vaccines. The AAP is a source you can trust for reliable medical information.

Q: What vaccines does my child need?

A: Children need all the following vaccines to stay healthy:

Remember, vaccines prevent diseases and save lives. It’s important to follow the schedule recommended by the AAP. Contact your child’s doctor if you have any questions.

Q: Why are some of these vaccines still needed if the diseases are not as common anymore?

A: Many of these diseases are not as common as they once were because of vaccines. However, the bacteria and...

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