Vaccinations are Important….what do you as a mom think?

It’s important that children get vaccinated-get their “shots”-so they don’t get childhood diseases. Your child can be vaccinated at the doctor’s office or at any of your local health department. Always ask the doctor to give you a list of the shots your child has received. Keep this list so that you have records for school, and so you’ll know if your child needs more shots.

Vaccines are available today to protect your child against: Serious Diseases!!

In most of the United States, many of these vaccinations are required for school or day care. The first shots for most of these illnesses should be given when the child is still a baby. This is important because most of the diseases these vaccines protect your child against can be serious or even deadly.

Like any medicine, vaccines carry a small risk of serious harm such as a severe allergic reaction. But side effects from shots are usually mild and last only a short time. Some children have no side effects at all. None of the possible side effects should keep your child from getting shots unless your doctor says so.

Be sure to tell your doctor if anyone in your immediate family has ever had a bad reaction to a vaccine, and ask if there are certain conditions under which vaccination is not recommended. Also talk to your doctor about whether certain reactions to vaccines can be controlled, such as by giving your child acetaminophen before or after vaccination.

Here are common vaccinations your child needs, the recommended age to get them, and possible side effects:

Protects against: diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis), and tetanus. The vaccines against these three diseases are combined in a single shot.

Diphtheria is a serious infection of the throat, mouth, and nose, which can lead to suffocation, pneumonia, heart failure, and paralysis.

A child who catches whooping cough develops a bad cough that sounds like a “whoop.” The severe coughing can interfere with eating, drinking, and breathing. Whooping cough can be life-threatening, especially in children younger than 1.

Tetanus is caused by germs in dirt and rusty metal that get into the body through a cut. Tetanus attacks the jaw muscles first, often causing lockjaw. It can also affect the muscles used to breathe. It causes death in 3 out of 10 people who get it.

Ages to get vaccine: Shot is given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 15-18 months, with a booster given between the ages of 4 and 6 years. After that, everyone should get a tetanus booster every 10 years throughout life.

Possible side effects include: Fever, soreness where shot is given, irritability. In rare cases, the shot can cause very high fever and convulsions.

For more information about what vaccinations are available…please contact your child’s physician.

I wanted to write about this because earlier this week as I was in my doctors office I over heard a mom stating that she had just had a little baby girl not to long ago and had not gotten her Immunizations shots yet……she stated that she felt they would do the child more harm then good.

Well as a life long Professional Health Care Provider my ear’s just couldn’t believe what they were hearing. She mention about her child getting Autism from the shots along with many other medical problems… a professional health-care retiree I just mention to her to just take a moment to speak with her child’s physician about her fears and to do a lot of reading….. I also let her know that there are currently no biological tests to confirm a diagnosis of autism. Identification of the condition is at present based solely on observed behaviours.

Sometimes as parents we can allow fear to take over us which sometimes allows us to make wrong decisions for our children.


Well thanks for reading…until next time: God Bless!! 🙂


My name is Lisa and my husband Carl, and I are the owners of the Night Helper Blog. We have been married for over 30 years and we have three awesome children, plus four adorable very active grandkids. From time to time they too are contributors to the Night Helper Blog. We enjoy reading, listening to music, entertaining, travel, movies and of course blogging. The Night Helper blog was created in 2008. Since then we have been blessed to partner with many well-known Brands like Best Buy, Fisher Price, Toys "R" US., Hasbro, Disney, Teleflora, ClearCorrect, Radio Shack, VTech, KIA Motor, MAZDA and many other great brands.

3 thoughts on “Vaccinations are Important….what do you as a mom think?

  • February 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Hi LisaLisa! I am so glad that you tackled this topic… because too many people put their children at risk by not giving their children the vaccines!!! I firmly completely and absolutely believe that it’s important to make sure your child is protected against childhood diseases! As with all medicines certain children will respond negatively… and I feel so bad for those who don’t do well with the vaccines. Like LisaLisa said… if you have concerns… ask the doctor for their advice… but mostly read read read!

    LisaLisa I have been trying to contact you but I don’t think I have the right email. Can you please email me at I have something I would like to talk to you about. : )

    Lisa : )

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  • February 20, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Just popped in to give you a big hug! Have a nice weekend!

  • February 19, 2009 at 3:40 am

    My sons are all grow up now 22 and 24 and I made sure when they were little they had all their shots.


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