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Why should my baby be vaccinated?

According to studies as recently as 2001, thousands of children in the U.S. will develop serious illnesses such as measles and mumps each year that could have been prevented by immunizations. Pertussis, or whooping cough, infected 2,835 children and caused 17 deaths in 2001 alone. Many parents may not know that immunizations must begin in infancy. Children who lag behind in getting immunizations are at risk of getting sick and may spread serious diseases to others. In order to obtain the safest, most effective results from the immunizations, babies must gradually be exposed to the vaccines starting from an early age, as outlined in current immunization schedules. It is for these reasons that new parents are urged to follow proper immunization schedules for their babies.
Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Antibodies received by an infant from the mother wane over the first months of life, before the infant's own immune system is sufficiently developed to beat back infectious diseases by itself. Hence infectious diseases are especially dangerous for the young.

Early vaccination protects children when they are especially vulnerable to potentially lethal diseases. And early vaccination has done more than anything else to lower the rate of childhood deaths worldwide.

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