Do You Know the Importance of Immunizations for Your Family?
While the flu vaccine receives the most attention, it isn’t the only immunization you need to know about to keep your family healthy. There are many vaccinations that protect you and your loved ones from dangerous diseases and keep you safe while traveling, but you have to get the immunizations to see the benefits. Since National Infant Immunization Week and World Immunization Week both happen in April, it is the perfect time to brush up on the importance of getting vaccinated and keeping immunizations up-to-date.
- Immunizations can save your child’s life.Children may not like the discomfort and pain that comes from getting immunized, but it’s a simple way to keep them healthy and, in some cases, save their lives. For example, through medical innovations and growing awareness, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among people born in the past 20 years.
- Immunizations protect classmates and other families. From preschoolers to college students, immunizations are important for kids of all ages. In addition to protecting your own child, vaccines stop the spread of easily avoidable diseases and infections to your child’s friends, peers and loved ones. One story from California includes a measles outbreak that started in December of 2014 at a Disneyland in Orange County, which led to more than 133 confirmed measles cases in the area by March 2015. This story is one lesson to all parents that not getting your child vaccinated could even put people you don’t know at risk.
- Vaccinations have been proven to be safe and effective. You’ve probably heard some arguments from skeptics that vaccines are either ineffective or can cause health issues in children. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Vaccinations have been determined completely safe and unrelated to developmental disorders by the CDC. Doctors agree: The disease-prevention benefits from immunizations are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.
Looking to stay informed and on schedule with vaccinations for your family? Check out our handy guide for immunization at every age. For more tips on keeping your family protected, explore these blogs:
- Adult Immunizations: What Ones Do You Really Need?
- Immunization 101: The Vaccines Your Child Needs to Stay Healthy
- The Flu Shot: Still Your Best Bet
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