Making sure that children of all ages receive their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children's long-term health - as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community. Although some vaccine-preventable diseases have become rare thanks to vaccines, outbreaks still happen. Make sure your child stays up-to-date with vaccinations to prevent such outbreaks along with more unnecessary illnesses and deaths.
During the early years of life, birth to 6 years of age, children are recommended to get vaccines that protect them from 14 diseases that can be serious, or even life-threatening. Birth to 18 Vaccination Schedule.
As children move into adolescence, they are at greater risk of catching diseases like meningitis, HPV, and pertussis. Vaccines to prevent these diseases are specifically recommended for older children to receive starting at ages 11 and 12.