Why should a child be vaccinated?

The benefits of childhood vaccinations far outweigh any risks. According a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospital stays and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years. Getting your child vaccinated before school starts also reduces the chance that he would bring a disease to class and cause an outbreak. A large congregation of schoolchildren is the perfect place for an outbreak to start and rapidly spread throughout a community.

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Javier A. Hiriart, MD
Internal Medicine
During the early years of life, children need vaccines to protect them from 14 diseases that can be serious, even life-threatening. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that some vaccine-preventable diseases have become very rare because of vaccines. But cases and outbreaks can still happen.

The U.S. saw a record number of measles cases during 2014, with 668 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). This is the highest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000. From January 1 to June 26, 2015, there were 178 cases of measles and five outbreaks reported in the United States.

The risk of not vaccinating is higher than the risk of vaccinating. There are obviously some side effects that can happen, such as minor fevers, redness or swelling to the injection area or some localized pain. But these are minor and don't happen frequently. The benefits far outweigh the risks.

Making sure your children stay up to date with vaccinations is the best way to protect your communities and schools from outbreaks that can cause unnecessary illnesses and deaths.

Every parent should take the appropriate time to ask their doctors about any concerns they may have about vaccines. Pediatricians and family doctors can help allay any worries you may have about side effects.
Immunization gives you the power to protect your baby from 14 serious childhood diseases.

There are many reasons to vaccinate:
  • Serious diseases still exist
  • Diseases don't stop at the border, and many can spread easily
  • Vaccines are the safe, proven choice
  • Children need protection early
  • Vaccines mean fewer missed work days and school days
  • Vaccination protects your family, friends and community
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Children need to get vaccinated to protect them and those around them from serious (but preventable) diseases. Many of the diseases that historically were fatal for children and adults in the past are rarely seen today, but they are still out there and your child would be at risk if not vaccinated. As an example, a measles epidemic in the Midwest was due to the fact that a number of children in that area did not get vaccinated.

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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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