Specifically, childhood vaccines protect children from serious and potentially fatal diseases such as measles, meningitis, polio, tetanus and more. By vaccinating your child as an infant, you are helping to protect them, and the immunocompromised and elderly population around them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day, nearly 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized before age two. Little ones are more susceptible to disease since their immune systems are not fully developed.
It’s important to stay on schedule and track your child’s immunizations. Here’s a helpful cheat sheet to keep you organized.
After reading that list, you may be wondering – how do I keep track of all those immunizations and when my child should receive them?
There are a variety of ways to track your child’s immunizations. The CDC has an Immunization Tracker available for download to record immunizations, developmental milestones, and growth from birth through 6 years old. In Michigan, there is also a state resource called the Michigan Care Improvement Registry which seeks to collect reliable immunization information. There you can find tips for finding old records, immunization forms and FAQs.
Vaccines are considered preventive care and are covered through most health insurance plans.
Many health insurance providers and medical networks also offer online tools to track your medical history, including immunizations. Spectrum Health, as an example, offers access to MyHealth. The phone app and online tool allows users to see their health timeline, schedule appointments, view lab results and record vital information such as immunizations, allergies and health issues.
And paying for these immunizations doesn’t have to break the bank either. Since vaccines keep your children healthy and avoid the onset of disease, they are considered preventive care and are covered through most health insurance plans. Immunization services for children age 0-18 that are enrolled in group or individual health plans have access to vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) with no copayments or other cost sharing requirements when provided by an in-network provider.
Keeping your child healthy by protecting them against preventable disease has never been easier. Make your life easy by keeping track of immunization records and making sure you are scheduling the vaccine appointments at the right time.