Questions to ask your child’s health care professional

It’s important to have a conversation with your child’s doctor or pharmacist about vaccination. But where do you start? To help ensure you get the information you need, we’ve compiled a list of questions to consider asking.

Print a copy of this list to take with you to your child's next medical appointment or visit to the pharmacy.

About vaccines…

What is vaccination?

How do vaccines work?

Why are vaccinations important?

Which diseases can vaccines help prevent?

Are vaccines administered only as shots?

What should I do if my child experiences a side effect?

After vaccination, can my child get the disease that the vaccine is supposed to help prevent?

About childhood, preteen, and teen vaccinations…

Which vaccines are recommended for my preteen or teen?

Is my preteen or teen required to get vaccines for school?

Will my child need “booster shots” for any of the vaccines he/she has received in the past?

Which vaccines require more than 1 dose?

What happens if my child doesn’t get all recommended vaccines?

What happens if my child doesn’t get all doses recommended for a certain vaccine?

What happens if my child is late getting a dose?

Other questions to ask…

Why is the vaccination schedule set the way it is? Who decides?

Should I keep my own vaccination records for me and my family?

Do you offer vaccines? If not, where can I go to get them?

How much will these vaccines cost me?

What if my insurance doesn’t cover vaccines or I don’t have insurance for myself or my child?

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