When your baby is first born, some natural immunity passes from mother to child through the placenta. However, after this short window passes, it is important to protect your child from the many germs to which they will be exposed. Children come in contact with germs from many places, including you, other adults, siblings, places outside the home, within the home and other children..

Find a Henry Ford pediatrician or make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician to talk about any vaccinations your child might need. Your pediatrician will walk you through the recommended immunization schedule, and answer any questions you may have. Immunizations help protect infants and children against many infections that can cause serious or life-threatening illnesses or disabilities, including:

  • Diphtheria
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Pneumonia
  • Polio
  • Tetanus

Safety of immunizations

Many parents are worried that some vaccines are not safe and may harm their baby or young child. However, it is important to also think about the risks associated with not having the vaccination. When scheduling your visits with us, it is important to write down any concerns you may have about immunizations or any other issue and discuss it with your child’s Henry Ford Pediatrician.

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