How safe is partial immunization?

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Hayden M. Pasco, MD
Family Medicine
Some people think that partial immunizations will protect their child from disease. However, partial immunizations will leave your child, and others around him, at risk. Full immunity is not achieved unless your child is vaccinated according to schedule and dose. The good news is that it’s never too late to get vaccinated -- catch-up immunization schedules are available for those who have missed or skipped doses.
 

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Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.
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