Get the facts about vaccines

Can my child get a disease even after being vaccinated?

It isn’t very common, but it can happen. Depending on the vaccine, about 1 percent to 5 percent of children who are vaccinated fail to develop immunity. For very few people, underlying illnesses may affect their immune system response and in turn, they may require...

I breastfeed, does that offer enough immunity?

Babies may get some temporary immunity (protection) from mom during the last few weeks of pregnancy—but only for the diseases to which mom is immune. Breastfeeding may also protect your baby temporarily from minor infections, such as colds. But these antibodies do not...

Are doctors paid by pharmaceutical companies to give vaccinations?

No, doctors are not paid by pharmaceutical companies to give vaccinations. Their only incentive to recommend vaccination is to keep your child healthy and protected from serious diseases. As experts in kids’ health, doctors make recommendations based on years of...

What about a delayed or alternative schedule for vaccines?

Children do not receive any known health or medical benefits from following schedules that delay vaccines. Vaccines are arguably the safest, best-tested products we put into our bodies, so the choice not to get them or to delay them is a choice to take a different and...