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The Real Facts About Immunization

The Real Facts About Immunization

The Real Facts About Immunization

The Real Facts About Immunization

To a parent, nothing matters more than their child’s health. Once the worry and stress of pregnancy and delivery is out of the way, a mother’s focus shifts to other health matters, with vaccination being a top concern. 
 

August marks National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and we encourage you to take this opportunity to research the facts about immunization. Immunization is considered one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, and despite all the misinformation readily found on the Internet, the American Academy of Pediatrics has concluded that vaccines are safer and more effective than ever. 
 
We encourage you to consider the following facts presented below as you make one of the most critical decisions for your child’s well-being. 
 
Many preventable diseases from which your child can be easily vaccinated are still prevalent across the globe.
 
While we have not seen diseases such as polio in the United States for many years, it does not mean that they have been eradicated permanently. Continuous immunization is one of the strongest defenses against further outbreaks.
 
Moreover, most of the diseases which are preventable through vaccination are still prevalent in other countries, and your childcan be vulnerable to these even as an adult if she has not been vaccinated as a baby. An unvaccinated traveler can easily contract these viruses abroad and bring them back to the country, causing harm not only to herself, but also family members and other, unvaccinated individuals. 
 
Babies and small children are more vulnerable and need extra protection.
 
Babies and small children are especially at risk as their developing immune systems are not strong enough to handle serious illnesses. While an adult or an older child might fight off the effects of a disease like measles or whooping cough, a baby may succumb to it. This is why it is vital to ensure that young children get the added protection of immunization at the correct time.
 
Immunization Protects the community.
 
In short, the higher the percentage of an unvaccinated population, the higher the risk of an epidemic. Immunization not only affects your baby and your immediate family, but the entire community as well. An unvaccinated child (or adult) can pose a significant risk as a carrier of disease which they can spread within their home and community. 
The risk is significantly higher for people living with low immunity (such as cancer patients) and for small babies who have not yet been vaccinated.
 
Vaccination saves time and money.
 
Several schools and daycare centers regularly demand to see immunization records and can deny admission to unvaccinated children. Even in schools which accept children who have notbeen vaccinated, the children themselves stand to lose a substantial number of school days to help protect if outbreaks occur among their classmates. 
 
Additionally, some of these diseases can result in extended treatments and lifelong problems, all of which can cost the child and the entire family severe mental and financial stress.
 
As a parent, it's your job to ensure your child stays as healthy as possible. Diseases such as diphtheria or hepatitis A and B, or polio are not something you want to take a chance with, especially when such diseases are preventable. It is important to keep in mind that vaccination is 100% safe and is the only proven way to protect against diseases.
As with all parenting decisions, the best thing to do is arm yourself with the facts. We encourage you to get more information on immunization from reputable sources like the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), which provides details on vaccination schedules, insurance coverage and more. You can also learn more by clicking on the following links:

 

https://www.cdc.gov/features/infantimmunization/index.html

 

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