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Vaccinate For Health

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Baby getting a vaccine

Many parents worry when their pediatrician first explains how their babies will be vaccinated. “I cried harder than my baby,” said the mother of one newborn who recently received his first round of vaccinations. Despite the negative reactions from parents and children at the idea of multiple injections, the truth is that regular vaccinations keep our children and communities healthier in the long run.

Vaccines have prevented many serious diseases like influenza (flu), whooping cough, polio, and measles in hundreds of millions of children. Vaccines work with the body’s natural defense system to fight off infection and develop immunity. When babies and toddlers do not receive the recommended vaccines on time, they are unprotected from these and other diseases. Very young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of these diseases, and may suffer serious complications that could result in hospitalization. In addition, serious illness can often set a child back developmentally, so it takes longer to pick up early activities like walking and talking.

When large groups of children go unvaccinated, the risk of spreading disease spreads to the community. The elderly or people with weakened immune systems may be infected by so-called “childhood diseases” and experience very severe versions of these illnesses.

Various resources exist for concerned parents who want to learn more, including recommendations from professional health organizations like the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). You can find more information in the links below.

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This CDC chart shares the vaccination schedule for children from birth through age six. >>

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