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Description: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.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Judy Schmidt
Creation Date:2006
Photo Credit:James Gathany
Links:
  • CDC – Nat. Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; Vaccines and Immunizations
  • CDC – National Immunization Program (NIP); Immunization Schedules
    Categories:
    CDC Organization

    MeSH
    tree picture Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
    tree picture tree picture Investigative Techniques
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Drug Administration Routes
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Injections
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Injections, Intramuscular
    tree picture tree picture Therapeutics
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Biological Therapy
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Immunotherapy
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Immunization
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Immunotherapy, Active
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Vaccination
    tree picture Health Care
    tree picture tree picture Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Health Services
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Preventive Health Services
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Primary Prevention
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Immunization
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Vaccination
    tree picture Persons
    tree picture tree picture Persons
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Age Groups
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Infant
    tree picturetree picture tree picture Occupational Groups
    tree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Health Personnel
    tree picturetree picturetree picturetree picture tree picture Nurses
    Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.
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