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Newborns and Vaccines

Why is my pediatrician recommending that my newborn receive vaccines?  Can't we wait until he's a little older?

Vaccines are recommended beginning in infancy because infectious diseases can begin at this early age. When they affect an infant or young child, they are often more serious and create more problems than when they strike older children. Vaccines are only recommended for newborns after testing to see if they are safe and effective.

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Immunizations & Infectious Diseases: An Informed Parent's Guide (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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