The Importance of Immunizations

Parents want to do everything possible to make sure their children are healthy and protected from the minute they enter the world. One of the easiest and best ways to keep your child and yourself healthy is a vaccination. Vaccinations protect children from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases which can include amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, and death.

Why are Immunizations important:

  1. Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat and continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.
  2. Though vaccinations have led to a dramatic decline in the number of U.S. cases of several infectious diseases, some of these diseases are quite common in other countries and are brought to the U.S. by international travelers. If children are not vaccinated, they could easily get one of these diseases from a traveler or while traveling themselves.
  3. Vaccinations are safe and effective. All vaccines undergo a long meticulous review by scientists, doctors, and the federal government to make sure they are safe.
  4. Organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all strongly support protecting children with recommended vaccinations.
  5. Vaccinations protect others you care about, including family members, friends, and grandparents.
  6. If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread the disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people.

We all have a public health commitment to our communities to protect each other and each other’s children by vaccinating our own family members. Outbreaks of preventable diseases occur when many parents decide not to vaccinate their children. This is important and this is in our control, do what is right and vaccinate!  

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