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Immunizations have nearly diminished the prevalence of over 14 infectious diseases like polio, chicken pox, measles, & whooping cough. Vaccines strengthen the immune system; helping to prevent diseases that once killed or harmed many infants, children, and adults.
It’s possible that parents like you are confronted with worries & immunization misconceptions. But, staying on top of your child’s shots protects them from serious & sometimes deadly diseases.
Children can be exposed to germs from family, visitors, traveling abroad, playgrounds, or from a simple trip to the grocery store. Vaccinations are a highly effective way to help keep your family healthy. Recommended immunizations may vary depending upon where you live, your child's health, the type of vaccine, & the vaccines available.
What else do you need to know about your child’s immunization? Understanding the points below can help ease your mind when it’s time for your family’s next round of shots.
Safety is first: Every vaccine approved in the United States goes through extensive safety testing.
Expect mild side effects: Most of the time the side effects are minor, such as a sore arm, fatigue, or mild fever. Serious effects are rare.
Follow a regimented schedule: Maintaining a vaccine schedule allows you to protect your child at exactly the right time. Chat with school administrators to determine what is required for school-aged children in your area.
Trust the experts: Talking to a pediatrician is the absolute best path forward with your child’s immunization plan.
USFHP’s TRICARE Prime plan offers benefits supporting child health & wellness.
Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.