Why you shouldn't wait to vaccinate your kids

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As flu season picks up, there's probably one major question on many parents' minds: Do I get my child vaccinated? 

Of course, there have been plenty of research studies that argue in favor of vaccinations and immunizations, and the schedule of vaccines, whether a flu shot or their six-month checkup, set forth by professionals is also imperative for a child's wellbeing. 

The vaccination schedule exists for a reason and is critically important as it protects children when they are most vulnerable. "A lot of parents don't understand that if you wait, you're missing this window where they're most vulnerable for these infections because their immune system is very young, very naive," explained pediatrician Dr. Darren Saks. 

Dr. Saks is answering all of parents' most asked questions in the video above!

And keep reading for more vaccination facts all parents should know. 

  • Vaccination saves 2-3 million lives each year.
  • According to numerous scientific studies, vaccines do not cause autism.
  • Vaccines have eradicated smallpox and have come very close to eradicating polio.
  • Diseases like bacterial meningitis, measles, hepatitis and tetanus can cause serious lifelong disability and death. Without vaccines to prevent them, we would see these diseases emerge in our country in a short time.
  • The most common side effects of immunization are mild and self-limited.
  • The vaccine schedule is well researched, adequately tested and sound.