Immunizations are the vaccines (shots) that protect your child from these serious childhood diseases including: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) meningitis, hepatitis B, chickenpox, and pneumococcal disease.
You should start protecting your baby right after he or she is born with regular visits to your doctor or clinic. Most of the immunizations that children need to protect them from these diseases are given in the first two years of life. But all people need vaccines later, too.
It is important that you keep track of your child's immunizations. The use of the Lifetime Health Record is one way of keeping a record. Your doctor should be reporting all vaccines given to the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR). It's important to bring your child's immunization record with you every time you take your child to the doctor or clinic. That's how you and the doctor will know exactly which immunizations your child has had and how many more your child will need.
It's important for you to talk to the doctor or nurse, so that you know:
If there is something you don't understand, ask the doctor or nurse again. This way, you can play an important part in keeping your child healthy.
The Citywide Immunization Registry can also help to keep children's records up to date - and to make those records available to parents and health care providers.
Vaccines are not just for young children. Pre-teens, teens and adults should regularly check that their vaccinations are up-to-date by talking to their doctor.