Houston health department
Information for Parents
Immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States and most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a child, a family, or community. While these diseases are not common in the U.S., they persist around the world. It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, mumps, and measles continue to occur in this country.
Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from the 16 potentially harmful vaccine-preventable diseases. These diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly — especially in infants and young children.
All vaccines used in the United States require extensive safety testing for years -- sometimes even decades -- before they are licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA and the CDC work with doctors and other health-care professionals throughout the U.S. to continually monitor the safety of vaccines. Learn more about how vaccines are developed and approved.
Create a Customized Schedule of Vaccines Needed (birth to 6 years)
Use this tool to create a personalized schedule you can give to and discuss with parents. Parents also can use this print-out to record their child's vaccinations.
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. This helps ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on schedule. Vaccines available through the VFC Program are those recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Today, there are more than 500 providers enrolled in TVFC in Houston/Harris County.These vaccines protect babies, young children, and adolescents from the following disease: