You should vaccinate your child against several diseases before they are 2 years old. Getting your child the below vaccinations as early as possible can protect them from suffering throughout their life.
To be sure your child is fully vaccinated, talk to your doctor.
The Diphtheria Tetanus acellular Pertussis (DTaP) vaccine prevents:
Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) causes pneumonia and various infections throughout the body, including in the bones, brain and heart. It is most serious among infants who are younger than one.
Before this vaccine was developed, Hib caused meningitis in about 20,000 children per year, with about 1,000 of those patients dying.
Hepatitis B is an infection that can be spread through blood, semen and vaginal fluids. As many as nine out of 10 infants who get infected from their mothers at birth or in infancy develop a chronic, long-term infection. That type of infection can lead to liver disease or cancer.
The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine prevents:
The Pneumococcus bacteria can cause a variety of pneumococcal diseases. It is the most common cause of bloodstream infections, pneumonia, meningitis and middle ear infections in young children. Most infections are mid, but some can result in long-term health problems or death.
A polio infection can affect the brain and spinal cord, leading to paralysis. It causes meningitis in about one out of every 25 people who have the infection.
Rotavirus can cause inflammation of the stomach and intestines, resulting in watery diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Infants and young children are the most likely to get this disease.
Chickenpox (Varicella Zoster) is a highly contagious disease that can cause aches and rashes, as well as painful skin lesions later in life. Before the vaccine was developed, chickenpox resulted in 9,000 hospitalizations and up to 100 deaths per year in the United States. Newborns are at an especially high risk of complications from chickenpox.