Why do we immunize our children? Sometimes we are confused by the messages in the media about diseases and immunization in the United States.
Some diseases like polio and diphtheria are becoming rare in the U.S. largely because we have been vaccinating against them. If the protection of vaccinations are 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 no infect, cripple or kill 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 may need due to your age, lifestyle, health conditions, job and international travel visit the links below: