|While being held on his mother’s lap, this infant was receiving an intramuscular immunization in his right thigh muscle by a qualified nurse. The nurse had immobilized the infant’s leg by using the palm of her hand, thereby stabilizing the injection site, while simultaneously distracting the infant from the action at hand.|
Is it okay for my baby to have so many shots at once?
Yes. Studies show that kid's bodies-even infants-can handle many shots at once. Having several vaccines at once is safe, even for a newborn. Combination vaccines protect your child against more than one disease with a single shot.
This reduces the number of shots and office visits your child would need. It's not your imagination; there are a greater number of shots now than even a few years ago. That's because as science advances, we are able to protect your child against more diseases than ever before.
Don't infants have natural immunity?
Babies get some temporary immunity (protection) from mom during the last few weeks of pregnancy—but only for the diseases mom is immune to. These antibodies do not last long, leaving the infant vulnerable to disease.
Haven't we gotten rid of most of these diseases in this country?
Thanks to vaccines, most diseases prevented by vaccines are no longer common in this country. Even the few cases we have in the U.S. could very quickly become tens or hundreds of thousands of cases if we stopped vaccinating.
It's not uncommon to have measles outbreaks, whooping cough outbreaks, chickenpox outbreaks, and other diseases when vaccination rates drop. Kids that are not fully vaccinated can become seriously sick and spread it through a community.