All children should be immunized at regular health care
visits, beginning at birth. Immunizations are very important in keeping
children healthy. The recommended childhood and adolescent schedule
urges vaccinations starting at birth through 24 months of age, with
boosters and catch-up vaccines continuing through the teenage years and
into adulthood. By immunizing, children are protected against the
potentially devastating effects of vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunization is the most cost-effective preventive health measure.