Why do babies need certain shots so early?

Babies do acquire some immunity from their mothers, especially if they are breastfed. But unfortunately, their immune systems still have plenty of strengthening to do, which is why vaccines are necessary. Babies and young children are vulnerable to diseases that have the potential to cause death or serious, lasting health complications. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, the health of your family is important to us. We maintain an unwavering commitment to give every baby the healthiest possible start in life.

Babies are at risk of hepatitis B
One of the first vaccines a baby receives protects him or her from hepatitis B. Healthcare providers administer this shot not long after birth because it’s possible for a mother to pass the disease to her baby. Not everyone who has hepatitis B realizes it.

Hepatitis B can affect babies and young children more severely than adults. When a baby is infected with this disease, he or she is more likely to develop an incurable, chronic infection. Later in life, this can lead to liver damage and liver cancer.

The recommended vaccine schedule is clinically proven
Researchers have designed the recommended vaccine schedule through painstaking work. It’s based on how vaccines work best with a child’s immune system at certain ages, and how well the child can develop an immune response.

Children need to receive a lot of vaccines within the first two years of life because they need the protection. It isn’t possible to “overload” a child’s immune system by following the recommended vaccine schedule.

Vaccines protect the community
It’s important to bring babies to each scheduled appointment for shots, as delaying shots places them and others at risk. For example, children cannot receive the first vaccine for whooping cough until two months of age. It’s possible for an unvaccinated child to transmit this infection to a baby who is too young to get the shot yet.

Whooping cough is especially dangerous for babies, potentially causing seizures, brain damage and death. Babies who are vaccinated can protect others, as well as themselves.

The healthcare providers at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center work collaboratively with parents to give babies the superior, sensitive care they deserve. Our highly trained specialists in Thousand Oaks have made it their life’s work to safeguard the health of the next generation. A registered nurse welcomes your questions at (877) 888-5746.

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