Baby Dilemma- To vaccinate or not?

Vaccinating your child has been talked about a lot in the headlines as there have been many people pondering the dilemma as to whether or not to immunize their children. Vaccinations are used to deceased and eradicated many debilitating and deadly diseases. There has been a lot of talk about the safety of immunizations and the potential damage they may cause to your child, most notably causing autism (A disorder that has not been proven to be caused my vaccines). I can appreciate that the idea of a vaccine is scary, but I also know you always want to do what is best for your child, so it is my personal opinion that vaccinations are beneficial for the health of your baby, and society in general. By vaccinating your baby you are not only protecting him or her but everyone they come into contact with. Vaccines have been shown to be effective, safe, and can save your child’s life. Do your own research about each vaccine and discuss them with your healthcare provider, and make the safest decision for your baby.

Should you decide to vaccinate your child, you should expect to take your baby to the doctor for a vaccine shot when he or she is (based on living in Ontario, Canada):

  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 4-6 years old
  • 14-17 years old

(There are a few vaccines that children get in school when they are 12-13 years old)

**This schedule can change so speak with your doctor for the most up to date immunization recommendations and schedule where you live

In addition to annual vaccinations there is the flu shot, which is recommended for healthy children 6 months and over as they have an increased probability of becoming hospitalized if infected with influenza.

For more information about vaccinations visit your doctor or your local government website.

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