Infants

Newborns (0-3 months)

Congratulations! You are a new parent. There is so much to learn about parenthood, and so many questions you probably have. How does my baby keep healthy? Why are all those vaccines so important? At birth, infants have protection against certain diseases because antibodies have passed through the placenta from you to your unborn child. After birth, breastfed babies get the continued benefits of additional antibodies in breast milk. But in both cases, the protection is temporary. Immunization( vaccination) is a way of creating immunity to certain diseases. Vaccines do not give your baby the disease, they help protect against them. Vaccines do this by using small amounts of a killed or weakened microorganism that causes the particular disease enabling a baby to build up a resistance. Basically, the vaccine allows your baby’s immune system to recognize when the real disease comes around, and therefore is better able to fight it off.

Immunizing Your Baby
No one enjoys getting a shot. Newborns have no idea what is happening. The may be scared and feel some pain from the shot(s). Remember that the vaccines they receive are protecting them and the shot will only hurt for a little bit.

To prepare yourself

  • Bring your child’s immunization record to the visit with you.
  • Ask the doctor or nurse about the vaccines your baby will be getting. Each one protects against a serious disease.
  • Take a look at this video for How Vaccines Help Babies Fight Infections.
  • Know what vaccines your child should be getting.

Tips that help your baby

  • If you’re breastfeeding your child, consider nursing while the baby receives his/her shots or immediately afterwards. Breastfeeding is a powerful pain reliever because it combines cuddling, skin-to-skin contact, and sucking – all soothing antidotes.
  • Another option is distraction. As soon as the shots are over, soothe your baby by rocking, talking or singing. Catching your baby’s eye with a fun toy could help as well.

It can be more comforting to hold your baby while getting vaccinated. Ask your doctor or nurse if you can use the comforting restraint during the immunization process.


Infants (4-11 months)

As baby begins growing, some parents feel like they are in their pediatrician’s office every other day. If it’s not a well-baby visit, it’s an ear infection or a cold. At many of these visits, you will have the opportunity to protect your child from many childhood diseases.

Immunizing Your Infant
Although you may feel that the vaccine schedule never seems to end, keep in mind that the vaccine is protecting your baby from a disease that would be much more painful and longer lasting than a shot.

To Prepare Yourself

Tips that help your infant

  • Bring along a favorite toy or blanket.
  • Talk reassuringly to your child. Also, make eye contact with, smile at, and cuddle your child leading up to and immediately following the immunizations.

It can be more comforting to hold your baby while getting vaccinated. Ask your doctor or nurse if you can use the comforting restraint during the immunization process.

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FDA NEWS UPDATE: Today, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Committee (VRBPAC) greenlit the use of booster doses for: ages 65+, those at high risk for severe COVID-19, and those at high risk for occupational exposure (such as frontline healthcare workers). This is only for Pfizer’s COVID vaccine and does not apply to those who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.While the advisory panel voted to expand the emergency use authorization (EUA) on Pfizer’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine to include an additional dose for these specific groups, the experts opted NOT to approve boosters for everyone 16 and up at this time. They did not believe there is enough safety data yet to show that the benefits of boosters outweigh potential risks in other groups.It is now up to CDC’s independent advisory committee (ACIP) to meet and make an official recommendation, which is expected to happen next week. Our system works like this: first, the FDA advisory panel votes - which happened today. Next, the FDA will decide whether to follow VRBPAC’s recommendation, which is likely to happen in the coming days. Once the FDA decides IF boosters can be made available based on the data, then the ACIP decides who SHOULD get the newly authorized booster. The CDC then reviews ACIP’s recommendations and makes the final decision on who should get the boosters and when. It’s important to remember that the primary 2 doses of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines AND the J&J vaccine continue to provide very good protection against severe illness. This update does NOT mean that COVID-19 vaccines don’t work. It also doesn’t mean that other people won’t need boosters in the future. VRBPAC experts simply need more information about the benefits and risks of a booster dose in other people before making a decision. Boosters are a tool we have to try to stay ahead of the virus. As we learn more about the COVID-19 virus and variants, we will continue to need to change how we respond to protect ourselves and our communities. We’ll share more information as it becomes available. COVID-19 vaccines remain the best tool we have against this pandemic. Mask up, vax up. More info: vaccinateyourfamily.org/covid19faq ... See MoreSee Less
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