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Vaccinations are Important to Childhood Health
Thursday, February 19, 2015

There may be a debate about the safety of vaccinations in some circles, but in the medical community, there’s no question that childhood vaccinations are important for both children and society at large. Here are some reasons you should make sure your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date:  

Life Savers
Sometimes it’s hard to remember the effects of diseases that we prevent when we vaccinate our children. But that’s only because vaccines have been so effective that many of the diseases that once claimed the lives of our children have been wiped out, or nearly so. But this isn’t necessarily the case everywhere. Considering the global nature of the world today, it’s foolhardy to think that dreaded diseases will respect political boundaries. And without the protection of vaccines, children exposed to diseases like polio and measles are defenseless.  

Careful Consideration
Vaccines undergo a long and careful review by a myriad of healthcare professionals and scientists before they are ever given to children. Myths about vaccines causing health problems beyond mild discomfort at the site of injection or extremely rare allergic reactions are just that—myths.  

Protect Everyone
The last few years has demonstrated that children in the US can still contract vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2010 there were more than 21,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis). Unfortunately some babies are too young to get the whooping cough vaccine and are most at risk for death if they contract it before six months of age. Infants’ best defense against this disease is to be surrounded by vaccinated people. Similarly, people with weakened immune systems from conditions like leukemia, aren’t able to get certain vaccines. To keep them safe, it’s important that other children and adults in their lives are vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease.  

Stay Healthy — Save Money
Did you know that the most common cause of long-term disability is illness, not injury? Why risk exposing your children to long-term disability resulting from vaccine-preventable diseases? Not only will they suffer unnecessarily, but the costs associated with long-term care can be debilitating.   Protecting the Future Vaccines have reduced or eliminated many diseases that killed or disabled large portions of the population in the past. Smallpox, a terribly deadly disease, was eradicated worldwide through vaccine use. By vaccinating children for rubella, pregnant women are guarded against inadvertently passing this disease known to cause birth defects onto unborn their children. When we vaccinate our children, the chances of completely eradicating these harmful diseases increases, offering further protection for future generations.  

If you have questions about vaccinations, talk to your family physician. For anything else, we’re here to help. You never need an appointment. Just stop in and we’ll answer questions, offer advice and help you feel confident about protecting the health and wellbeing of your children.  



 

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