Each April, we honor National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) to stress why vaccines for children are needed.
Vaccines contain ingredients, called antigens, which protect the body from certain diseases. This year NIIW takes place April 22nd–29th. Schedule a doctor’s visit and take your child to get his or her needed shots!
5 reasons to vaccinate your child:
1. Vaccines can save your child’s life.
- They protect your child against many diseases. Polio used to injure or kill thousands of children. Because of the polio vaccine, polio is no longer common in the U.S.
2. Vaccines are very safe.
- They are only given to children after many scientists, doctors and experts test them out.
- The protections they provide are much greater than the side effects.
- Side effects are almost always mild. They may include redness or swelling at the site of the shot.
- Major side effects, such as severe allergic reactions, are very rare.
3. Vaccines protect those that you care about.
- Children in the U.S. still get diseases that vaccines can prevent. In fact, measles and whooping cough (pertussis) have returned in the past 2-3 years.
- About 1 in 10 of those who get measles are babies who are too young to get the vaccine.
- Vaccines help prevent the spread of these diseases to your friends and loved ones.
4. Vaccines can save your family time and money.
- A child that is not vaccinated may not be able to attend school or daycare.
- Some diseases that can be prevented with a vaccine can cause long term disabilities. The treatments can be costly.
- Most fees for vaccines are covered by insurance.
- The Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families. To find out more, visit, or ask your child’s doctor.
5. Vaccines protect future generations.
- They have reduced or gotten rid of many diseases that used to kill or disable people. Some of these diseases include:
- Smallpox: Because of the smallpox vaccine, smallpox no longer exists worldwide.
- Rubella (German measles): The Rubella vaccine has lowered the risk of pregnant women passing the virus to their children. And, birth defects linked with the virus rarely occur in the United States.
Protect children now and for the future!
If your child is due for a vaccination, schedule your appointment today! When all children are vaccinated, we are able to help get rid of harmful children’s diseases! For more information about infant vaccinations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html.