National Immunization Hotline: 800.232.2522
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Immunizations (also called vaccinations or shots) are an important part of a child's health and well-being. They allow children to resist catching a number of very serious or fatal diseases.
1) Without immunizations, children can catch contagious diseases that cause high fevers, severe coughing, choking, breathing problems, seizures, brain damage and even death.
2) When children get their immunizations on time, the chances of getting these diseases is very small.
3) Immunizations need to be started at birth and the primary series should be completed by the time the child is two years old.
4) The law in many states, including Texas, will not allow a child to start school until they have been immunized.
5) Immunizations are available free or at a very low cost in a number of pediatrician's offices, community health clinics and local health departments.
Immunizations are generally safe. Reactions may occur, but they are usually mild. Serious reactions are very rare. However, if a child contracts one of these dangerous childhood diseases, the risks are much greater than those of a serious reaction from an immunization.