Look, we understand—vaccinations are probably the last thing most moms want to think about. After all, who enjoys the thought of a needle getting anywhere near her precious baby? But as difficult as it may be, it’s important to remember that immunization is an essential step in protecting your baby’s future. Vaccines help ward off a slew of infectious diseases, all of which are even more threatening to your little one’s delicate immune system.
So in honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, we found a few articles about the vaccination process that we hope will help ease the minds of all you mamas-to-be.
This helpful handout features frequently asked questions regarding vaccinations, including information about possible (minor!) side effects and the importance of staying on schedule.
If you’re looking for an in-depth explanation of how the vaccination process actually works, check out this guide from the CDC. It describes the different types of vaccines and explains why certain kinds require multiple doses.
Green with(out) envy
In his tips for a green pregnancy, Pediatrician Dr. Philip Landrigan emphasizes the importance of vaccinating your child. Dr. Landrigan is perhaps best known for influencing the government to pay more attention to the effects of chemicals on children, so eco-conscious mamas can rest easy knowing that immunization has earned his seal of approval.
Right on time
With abbreviations like Hib, MMR and PCV, it’s hard enough to remember what vaccinations are out there, let alone which ones your baby needs—and when! Let this easy-to-read chart help clear up the confusion. It clearly details which vaccines are needed at each age and even lists the appropriate time frame for multi-dose vaccines.