To protect public health, the AAFP strongly recommends that patients receive all necessary vaccinations in their primary care physician’s office. Vaccines are important not only for school-age children, but for babies and young children, pregnant women, teens and pre-teens, and adults. Visit familydoctor.org/immunizations (link in progress) for a collection of resources, including immunization schedules for people of all ages, information about specific vaccines and more to help you and your family stay healthy.
CDC Infographic: The Journey of Your Child’s Vaccine
Before a new vaccine is ever given to people, extensive lab testing is done to ensure safety and efficacy. Once testing in people begins, it can take several more years before clinical studies are complete and the vaccine is licensed.
The Importance of Vaccinations
Vaccinations are a very important part of family and public health, because they prevent the spread of contagious, dangerous, and even deadly diseases, including measles, polio, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, diphtheria, and HPV. Everyone needs vaccines. They are recommended for infants, children, teenagers, adults and seniors. There are widely accepted immunization schedules available that list what vaccines are needed, and at what age they should be given.
Childhood Vaccines: What They Are and Why Your Child Needs Them
Vaccines not only help keep your child healthy, they help all children by stamping out serious childhood diseases. The protection provided by vaccines far outweighs the very small risk of serious problems. Vaccines have made many serious childhood diseases rare today, such as polio, measles, mumps, tetanus and whooping cough.
For more information on vaccines, visit our collection of resources on familydoctor.org.