Why should my baby get so many vaccines before 24 months of age?
New parents have barely had a chance to “meet” their baby before they are asked to permit that baby to get a hepatitis B vaccine. Then, often while still on maternity leave, a slew more — up to six doses at 8 weeks of age. By the baby’s first birthday, more than 20 doses. Many of these doses are to protect against diseases parents have never had, or even known others who have. It is no wonder some parents balk at these requests, or at least ask, “Why should we consent to this?”
Understanding why vaccines are given so early in life and why so many doses of some vaccines are necessary can help make sense of this important parental decision. At the heart of both of these questions is the immunization schedule, so let’s take a closer look.
Read the complete article to find:
- Three reasons hepatitis B vaccine is recommended shortly after birth
- Why so many vaccines are given at two-, four-, and six-months of age
- What maternal antibodies have to do with the vaccines given around 12- to 15-months of age