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We’ll discuss vaccine mandates + exemptions later on, however before we do, let’s look at the CDC schedules (which is what most vaccine mandates are based upon). The CDC has a recommended vaccine schedule for children and for adults. Let’s focus on the children’s schedule first:
As you can see, the CDC recommends vaccines starting at birth up until 18 years old. If you’d like to read more about each vaccine, click here for the Parent Guide.
Most people do not realize that the CDC also has a recommended schedule for adults:
Education + employment opportunities might require additional vaccinations as well as if you travel internationally.
If you have a medical condition, the CDC has an additional schedule based on condition. Your doctor is most likely following the CDC recommendations which is why you might be offered these products during doctor appointments.
Why is it important to know what’s on the CDC schedules? If your doctor offers vaccinations, they will most likely offer products based on your age and medical condition. Researching the recommendations for your specific situation prior to attending a medical appointment will help foster productive conversations with your healthcare provider. Better yet, print out the inserts of the vaccines recommended for you and highlight areas that you’d like to discuss with your provider.
How do vaccines get on the CDC schedule? Head to the next lesson to find out!