Skip Nav
Sutton Foster Interview About Adoption and Motherhood
Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster's Empowering Adoption Story Proves That Becoming a Mom in Your 40s Is an Incredible Gift
What the IVF Sperm Donor Selection Process Is Really Like
Fertility
What It's Really Like to Pick Your Baby's Father Through a Donor Bank
How to Prepare For Motherhood When You've Lost Your Mother
Pregnancy
My Mom Died When I Was 6; Now My Stepmom Is Showing Me How to Love My Daughter
Transracial Adoption Experience
Personal Esssay
How Being a Transracial Adoptee Shaped — but Nearly Shattered — My Self-Identity
Choosing to Have a Baby With a Surrogate
Pregnancy
How I Came to the Difficult Decision to Have a Baby Through a Surrogate

Do Vaccines Affect Immune Systems?

Vaccines Don't "Overload" Kids' Immune Systems, a New Study Confirms

As parents of young kids, you've probably been caught up in a debate centered on vaccines at one point or another. A study recently published in the medical journal JAMA aims to lay one part of the ongoing argument to rest by confirming that, no, getting vaccines will not compromise your child's immune system or put them at a higher risk of infection.

Researchers analyzed the medical records from more than 900 babies from six hospitals and clinics in the western US between 2003 and 2013. They compared 193 infants who had come down with "non–vaccine-targeted infections," like upper and lower respiratory infections and gastrointestinal infections that weren't covered by vaccines, with 741 babies who didn't get sick.

The study's authors found that there was no link between giving kids vaccines at 23 months or younger and them coming down with other diseases down the road between the ages of 2 and 4 years old.

ADVERTISEMENT

So what does this mean for parents? Generally speaking, there's no point in opting for a delayed vaccination schedule. According to Science Magazine, researchers recommend children stick with the vaccine schedule that's outlined by the CDC.

Latest Family
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds