Why you shouldn’t wait to vaccinate your kids – AOL

As flu season picks up, there’s probably one major question on many parents’ minds: Do I get my child vaccinated? 

Of course, there have been plenty of research studies that argue in favor of vaccinations and immunizations, and the schedule of vaccines, whether a flu shot or their six-month checkup, set forth by professionals is also imperative for a child’s wellbeing. 

The vaccination schedule exists for a reason and is critically important as it protects children when they are most vulnerable. “A lot of parents don’t understand that if you wait, you’re missing this window where they’re most vulnerable for these infections because their immune system is very young, very naive,” explained pediatrician Dr. Darren Saks. 

Dr. Saks is answering all of parents’ most asked questions in the video above!

And keep reading for more vaccination facts all parents should know. 

  • Vaccination saves 2-3 million lives each year.
  • According to numerous scientific studies, vaccines do not cause autism.
  • Vaccines have eradicated smallpox and have come very close to eradicating polio.
  • Diseases like bacterial meningitis, measles, hepatitis and tetanus can cause serious lifelong disability and death. Without vaccines to prevent them, we would see these diseases emerge in our country in a short time.
  • The most common side effects of immunization are mild and self-limited.
  • The vaccine schedule is well researched, adequately tested and sound.

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Emergency room nurse Kathy Nguyen wears a mask as deals with flu patients at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, U.S., January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Emergency room nurse Christine Bauer treats Joshua Lagade of Vista, California, for the flu as his girlfriend Mayra Mora looks on in the emergency room at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, U.S., January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Emergency room nurse Christine Bauer treats Joshua Lagade of Vista, California, for the flu in the emergency room at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, U.S., January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Doug Hasselo, 87 of Carlsbad, California, is treated for the flu by float nurse Nellie Reyes in the emergency room at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, U.S., January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Joshua Lagade of Vista, California, gets an IV from emergency room nurse Christine Bauer at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, U.S., January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Emergency room nurse Richard Horner wears a mask as he deals with flu patients at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, U.S., January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

A doctor hold a syringe as part of the start of the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign in Nice, France October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Boxes of vaccines against the flu are seen as part of the start of the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign in Nice, France October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

PORTLAND, ME – DECEMBER 29: Troy Ali, 21 of Portland receives a flu shot from Greater Portland Health medical assistant Anissa Millette at the clinic in Franklin Towers on Cumberland Ave on Friday, December 29, 2017. (Staff Photo by Carl D. Walsh/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 22: Vials of the Fluvirin influenza vaccine are displayed at a Walgreens phramacy on January 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California. A strong strain of H3N2 influenza has claimed the lives of 74 Californians under the age of 65 since the flu season began in October of last year. People are being encouraged to get flu shots even through the vaccine has been only 30% effective in combating the influenza. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 22: A sign advertising flu shots is displayed at a Walgreens phramacy on January 22, 2018 in San Francisco, California. A strong strain of H3N2 influenza has claimed the lives of 74 Californians under the age of 65 since the flu season began in October of last year. People are being encouraged to get flu shots even through the vaccine has been only 30% effective in combating the influenza. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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