Help Protect Florida Babies

Make sure your children receive all CDC-recommended vaccinations

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The first years of your baby’s life are some of the most important in terms of development. Your baby is learning to recognize your face, sit up, and much more. And your baby is also vulnerable to potentially serious infections. Measles, whooping cough, chickenpox and invasive pneumococcal disease can all threaten the health of our children. Infants and children under the age of two are at a higher risk because their immune systems are still developing. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccines to help protect our children from these serious illnesses and others.

Still, there are many Florida infants and children who don't receive the full series of CDC-recommended vaccines. According to the 2015 National Immunization Survey, among children aged 19 - 35 months in Florida, more than 33% have not been fully vaccinated with all the CDC-recommended vaccines. When vaccination rates are low, we see preventable diseases come back into communities.

As parents, getting our children vaccinated, with all doses at the scheduled times, is one of the most important steps we can take to help protect them from potentially serious illness. In fact, according to the CDC, among children in the U.S. born between 1994-2013, routine vaccinations will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.

Families without vaccine insurance coverage may be eligible for vaccines at reduced or no cost through the Vaccines for Children program, or VFC.

Explore the resources below to learn more about the importance of vaccination and how you can help make sure your children receive all their CDC-recommended vaccinations on time.

For more information, speak to a child healthcare provider near you.