Reasons to follow the schedule
Why it's important to follow the recommended schedule
- The recommended schedule was created to protect infants and young children early in life, when they are most vulnerable, and before they are potentially exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases. Infants and young children are at greater risk from vaccine-preventable diseases because their immune systems are less mature and less able to fight off infection. If an infant or young child were to get a vaccine-preventable disease, it could be very serious and life-threatening. Vaccinating your child on time gives them the best protection as early as possible.
- The recommended schedule is safe and based on science.
- Following the recommended schedule minimizes the number of visits to your child’s health care provider, which means less stress for you and your child.
What’s wrong with not following the recommended schedule, if I would rather delay or space out my child’s vaccinations?
- There is no known benefit to delaying or spacing out vaccines, only risks.
- Schedules that delay or space out vaccines leave your child at risk of getting diseases while they are unvaccinated, at an age at which they are most vulnerable.
- Delaying or spacing out vaccines increases the number of visits to your child’s health care provider, which may increase your child’s risk of developing anxiety and needle fear.
Do you have questions about vaccine schedules? Find answers here.
If you would like to understand the risks and responsibilities associated with delaying vaccination or choosing to skip vaccines, read this.
Date last reviewed:
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022