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Keeping kids current

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Keeping your youngster up to date on the vaccination schedule can take a lot of medical visits, but it’s worth it. The vaccinations can prevent diseases that used to be epidemic in the United States, and some of those diseases can be fatal.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Laurie Elam-Evans says the time to start is right after the baby is born. For instance:

“Newborns receive the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine at birth, Then, at two months, children should begin receiving additional doses of several vaccines.”

She says parents who fall behind can just get their kids caught up through visits with their health care provider.

An article on childhood vaccinations is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.