Vaccines are the Best Protection!
Thanks to immunizations, we are able to safely protect children from more serious diseases than ever before. Vaccine-preventable diseases and their long-term effects are most severe in infants and young children.
Teach Hand Washing
It is important for your child to learn to wash his or her hands often. Germs that cause many illnesses can pass from hands to mouth even if hands don't look dirty.
Checkup and Immunizations
Your child is developing quickly. Ask your doctor for a developmental screening to be sure that he or she is on track. Also check that your child's immunizations are up to date.
Happy 2nd Birthday!
It's time to schedule checkups with the doctor and dentist. Be ready to talk about any illnesses your child has had.
Protect Your Child and Others
Now that your child is two, he or she is more likely to be around other children. This puts your child at risk for becoming ill, especially from diseases that vaccines prevent.
Vaccines Are Your Child's Best Protection
If your child is up-to-date on vaccines, congratulations! One quarter of two year olds in our state has not had all recommended vaccines.
Your Child May Need a Check-Up
Most doctors recommend a check-up at 2½ years. Ask your doctor or clinic if you should make an appointment for your child.
Be Sure Your Child's Immunizations Are Up-to-Date!
Immunizations are the most important way to protect your child against serious diseases. Your child will meet immunization requirements for both child care and preschool as long as he or she has had all the recommended vaccines.
Hand Washing—Do It Right and Do It Often!
Germs that cause illnesses can pass from your child's hands to his or her mouth. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into the bend of the elbow instead of hands.
Tell all your child's providers about any complementary health approaches your child uses, such as naturopathy, chiropractic, homeopathy, etc. Each provider should be aware of everything you do to manage your child's health.