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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

Prevention

Common Questions About Immunizations

Immunizations have protected millions of children from potentially deadly diseases. Learn about immunizations and find out exactly what they do - and what they don't.

Germs: Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi, and Protozoa

Germs are the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause disease.

Hand Washing: Why It's So Important

Washing your hands well and often is the best way to keep from getting sick. Here's how to teach this all-important habit to your kids.

How Can I Comfort My Baby During Shots?

Find out what the experts have to say.

How Many Doses of Flu Vaccine Does My Child Need?

Knowing the doctor-recommended flu vaccination schedule can be confusing. Use this tool to help you understand how many doses your child needs.

Immunization Schedule

Which vaccines does your child need and when? Use this immunization schedule as a handy reference.

Is the Flu Vaccine a Good Idea for Your Family?

The flu vaccine is a good idea for all families. It does not cause the flu, and it helps keep kids and parents from getting sick.

Too Late for the Flu Vaccine?

The flu vaccine is usually offered between September and mid-November. Even though it's best to get it then, being vaccinated later can still help protect against the flu.

Your Child's Immunizations

Immunizations protect kids from many dangerous diseases. Find out what vaccines your child needs to grow up healthy.

Your Child's Immunizations: Influenza Vaccine

Find out when and why kids need to get the flu vaccine.