Wellness Wisdom: Why Immunize?

Wellness Wisdom: Why Immunize?

ImmunizationNational Massage week is July 16 through July 24.

Why do we immunize our children? Sometimes we are confused by the messages in the media about diseases and immunization in the U.S. Even though we are told that some diseases are gone, we still want to continue to immunize our children, adults, and elderly.

Some diseases like polio and diphtheria are becoming rare in the U.S. largely because we have been vaccinating against them. Unless we can eliminate a disease, it is very important to keep immunizing. Even if there are only a few cases of that particular disease. If the protection of vaccination is taken away, more and more people will become infected and will spread disease to others.

Vaccinations are not just to protect our children, but also to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren. Our children do not have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists. If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like polio and meningitis will not infect, cripple or kill their children. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases.

To learn more about protecting your children from diseases and vaccine requirements for daycare and school, or see which vaccines you need which are determined by age, lifestyle, health conditions job and international travel see links below:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-combined-schedule-bw.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read-bw.pdf

Written by LaVella Head

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