Vaccine and immunization safety center
Be wise, immunize!
Childhood should be simple, and whenever possible, free of illness and injury. Immunizations are the safest, easiest ways to protect your kids from unnecessary and sometimes fatal, childhood diseases. Check out these articles on immunization and learn why it’s wise to immunize:
Where to get immunizations Vaccine facts and fiction Educational resources
Measles, whooping cough, and other diseases can cause serious, life threatening complications. Vaccines are your best shot at preventing them.
Vaccine, vaccination, immunization … they all go together, but they are not the same. So what’s the difference? The answers are here.
Which shots does your child need to have? When do they need to have them? Use our handy immunization schedule now.
There's a whole lot of information out there about immunizations. Some is correct, some isn’t. We've got the facts right here.
All Cook Children’s pediatrician offices or Neighborhood Clinics offer shots. You'll also find community resources here, as well.
Learn more about immunizations, get tips on prevention, and access our Family Medical Planner to keep track of medical records.
Vaccines are constantly tested and monitored for safety. Like any medication, vaccines can cause side effects. However, a decision not to immunize a child also involves risk.
When a vaccine is given, the body's immune system detects the weakened germ part and begins making antibodies that will remain in the body to defend against infectious organisms.
Real-life accounts of people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases: personal testimonies, remembrances, and newspaper articles.