What harm does not vaccinating my child cause?

Louise E. Sivak, MD

By choosing to not vaccinate your child, you place him / her at higher risk of contracting one or several vaccine-preventable diseases that can be severe, even life-threatening. In addition, you place other children in your community at risk, some of whom may be too young to receive vaccinations, or may be undergoing treatment for serious illness such as cancer and therefore have a weakened immune system. These children and their parents have not agreed to be exposed to such illnesses.

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

More than half of parents follow a different vaccination schedule than the one recommended by their pediatrician. In this video, Dr. Robin Miller discusses the stigma of vaccines and how it affects the spread of infectious diseases.

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Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.

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