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Importance of Vaccines

Top 10 Reasons to Protect Children Through Vaccination
Parents want to do everything possible to make sure their children are healthy and protected from preventable diseases. Vaccination is the best way to do that.
Vaccination protects children from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases which can include amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, and death.
Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.
Though vaccination has led to a dramatic decline in the number of U.S. cases of several infectious diseases, some of these diseases are quite common in other countries and are brought to the U.S. by international travelers. If children are not vaccinated, they could easily get one of these diseases from a traveler or while traveling themselves.
Outbreaks of preventable diseases occur when many parents decide not to vaccinate their children.
Vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines undergo long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and the federal government to make sure they are safe.
Organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all strongly support protecting children with recommended vaccinations.
Vaccination protects others you care about, including family members, friends, and grandparents.
If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people.
We all have a public health commitment to our communities to protect each other and each other’s children by vaccinating our own family members.
Source: Immunization Action Coalition, Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating
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Why Immunize?
Why Immunize?
Vaccine-preventable disease information, what it does, year vaccine available, and why immunize for it, from the American Academy of Pediatrics
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Find Fact Sheets and More from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Shot by Shot Website
Shot by Shot Website
People share their stories of vaccine-preventable diseases online, from the California Immunization Coalition
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Voices for Vaccines
Advocacy organization supports the health of children through immunization
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More Information
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Content reviewed on August 3, 2014
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The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a non-profit organization, works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. IAC also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies.