Vaccines are controversial as both vaxxers and anti-vaxxers debate the pros and cons of having their children vaccinated. However, no matter where you stand on the issue, there are some important facts that every single parent should be aware of. The following overview of Carrington’s immunization checklist can help you better understand this thorny topic.
How Many Vaccines Does a Child Get?
In total, children are given thirteen different types of vaccines before the age of 18. However, the doses are spread out over months or even years in some cases.
According to CDC recommendations, a child should receive 25 different vaccine doses before the age of two years. These vaccines include the Hepatitis B vaccine, DTaP, Rotavirus, Varicella, MMR and PCV 13. From the age of 2 years up to 18 years, a child is given 10 different vaccine shots. Most of them are additional doses of the same vaccines mentioned above; however, they also include new vaccines such as the meningococcal vaccine. This means that in total children are given 35 shots before they reach adulthood.
Are There Side Effects?
It is a known fact that many children experience side effects as a result of being given one or more vaccinations. These side effects include high fevers, brain inflammation, convulsions, behavior changes, hives, rashes and swelling. In some cases, the damage caused by a vaccine is both serious and permanent; additionally, many young children have suddenly died after being given a routine vaccination.
Do Parents Have to Vaccinate?
The following guide outlines the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule and the Federal Government does not have a law in place mandating that every single child receive every single vaccine listed. However, some states require that children receive the recommended vaccines in order to attend school or daycare. Parents should research state laws before deciding to opt out of some or all recommended vaccinations. It is also important to talk with a doctor about factors such as your children’s present state of health and past allergic reactions to certain vaccines.