Editor’s note: This post was updated May 2019 to reflect current data.
Many parents ask this question because undeniably there are a lot of immunization shots.
We follow the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, which fortunately allow many of these shots to be combined safely in one visit.
More shots are given than even a few years ago because, as science advances, we are able to protect your child against more diseases than ever before.
Outbreaks can still occur
Even though some of the diseases we have vaccinated against for years are no longer common, they could return very easily if we stopped vaccinating.
These diseases may seem mild, but remember that before vaccine was available, about 4 million people got chickenpox each year in the U.S., over 10,500 people were hospitalized, and about 150 people died of this disease every year.
A persistent rumor that we hear is that some vaccines can cause autism.
This issue has been closely studied for years, and all the scientific studies and reviews have found no relationship between vaccines and autism.