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CDC Launches Interactive Vaccine Guide for Families with Children

As a parent, it can be difficult to keep up with your children’s vaccinations. This is especially true if you switch doctors or go to a local clinic or pharmacy for immunizations. Recollections of doctor’s visits fade as the years go by; and, while your children’s vaccinations are important, it is understandable if you do not have your children’s vaccination histories committed to memory.

To help you, there are a number of free resources available online. One of these free resources is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) interactive guide, Growing Up with Vaccines: What Should Parents Know?

Childhood Vaccine Tracking Resources for Parents from the CDC

Growing Up with Vaccines: What Should Parents Know? is designed to help parents and expecting mothers understand their children’s vaccination needs and help them stay on track with the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedules. It includes pages that are dedicated to:

  • Pregnancy
  • The First Year
  • Infant and Toddler (Ages 1 through 3)
  • Starting School (Ages 4 through 6)
  • Elementary School (Ages 7 through 10)
  • Preteen Years (Ages 11 through 12)
  • Teen Years (Ages 13 through 18)
  • Into Adulthood

Each of these pages provides information about the importance of vaccination at different stages of a child’s development, as well as a list of the vaccinations recommended for each age group complete with links to additional vaccine information. Each page also provides a breakdown of the recommended immunization schedule for each year (or month) of childhood.

The CDC’s interactive guide also includes a downloadable checklist that parents can use to keep track of their children’s vaccination histories. This starts with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap); and seasonal flu vaccines for pregnant women, and continues through the end of the childhood vaccination schedule at age 18. The CDC recommends that parents, “Print our easy vaccine guide and bring it to your next appointment, along with any questions you’d like to discuss.”

Understanding the Risk of Childhood Vaccination Injuries and Illnesses

While the benefits of vaccination are well-established, it is also important for parents to be aware of the risk of vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. All vaccines carry certain risks; and, while many parents are aware of the potential complications of allergic responses to vaccine ingredients, there are a number of other ways that immunizations can cause harm to children (and adults) as well. Click the links below to learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for some of the most-common types of vaccine-related injuries and illnesses:

Contact National Vaccine Lawyer Leah V. Durant

If your child is experiencing shoulder pain after a flu shot or any other sign of a potential vaccine-related injury or illness, it is important that you seek medical attention right away. You should also speak with an attorney, as your family may be entitled to financial compensation and no-cost legal representation under the federal government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). To learn more about your family’s legal rights in a free and confidential consultation, call us at (202) 800-1711 or tell us how we can help online today.

Leah Durant Bio

Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.

About Leah Durant

Leah Durant is a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney who specializes in vaccine injury claims covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. These cases are filed before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (more commonly known as the “vaccine court”) in Washington, DC, where she has been admitted to practice since 2008. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Leah Durant is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Leah Durant’s legal practice concentrates on litigating complex vaccine injury and medical related cases. She has an extensive legal background and has experience representing individuals with complex medical claims.


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