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Breast milk gives young infants protection against many diseases. It contains antibodies passed from their mothers. However, this immunity wears off within a year. After that, immunization can protect babies and small children from disease. Vaccines can also help prevent the spread of disease.
Numerous vaccines are recommended during childhood. These vaccines protect against diseases that used to be devastating or even deadly. Today, many of those deadly childhood diseases have been eliminated in the Western world.
A number of vaccinations are recommended for infants and children up to 2 years of age. These include:
Vaccinations are not all given right after a baby is born. They are spaced throughout the first 24 months. Many are given in multiple stages.
Don’t worry, though. You don’t have to remember the vaccination schedule yourself. Your pediatrician will guide you through the process.
The recommended vaccination timeline is as follows:
Written by: Amy Boulanger and the Healthline Editorial Team
Published on: Nov 06, 2014
Medically reviewed on: Feb 06, 2017: Philip Gregory, PharmD, MS, FACN
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