Get Your Child Vaccinated

There are 14 serious diseases that you can easily protect your child from. Just make sure he or she is up to date on immunizations

In 2010, pertussis killed 25 babies under 12 months in the United States. In 2011, there were 222 American cases of measles. In years past, however, these numbers were much grimmer.

What changed was immunization. Vaccines for these and other diseases are protecting children’s health and saving lives. Immunization on the proper schedule will protect children against diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rubella, tetanus, rotavirus, chickenpox and other serious illnesses. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction, primarily due to safe and effective vaccines.

There are stories of risks of vaccines, some accurate but many willy exaggerated. Although, as with any medication, there are some side effects in some people, most are better off with than without vaccination. There may be some discomfort, and a degree of pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection, but this can be treated easily. It is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.

Contact your pediatrician for more information about vaccination.

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