Importance of Vaccines
Top 10 Reasons to Protect Children Through Vaccination
- Parents want to do everything possible to make sure their children are healthy and protected from preventable diseases. Vaccination is the best way to do that.
- Vaccination protects children from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases which can include amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, and death.
- Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.
- Though vaccination has led to a dramatic decline in the number of U.S. cases of several infectious diseases, some of these diseases are quite common in other countries and are brought to the U.S. by international travelers. If children are not vaccinated, they could easily get one of these diseases from a traveler or while traveling themselves.
- Outbreaks of preventable diseases occur when many parents decide not to vaccinate their children.
- Vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines undergo long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and the federal government to make sure they are safe.
- Organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all strongly support protecting children with recommended vaccinations.
- Vaccination protects others you care about, including family members, friends, and grandparents.
- If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people.
- We all have a public health commitment to our communities to protect each other and each other’s children by vaccinating our own family members.
A child being immunized against polio.
The WHO lists 25 diseases for which vaccines are available:
5. Meningococcal disease
10. Hepatitis A
13. Hepatitis B
14. Pneumoccocal disease
15. Typhoid fever
16. Hepatitis E
18. Tick-borne encephalitis
19. Haemophilus influenzae type b
21. Varicella and herpes zoster (shingles)
22. Human papilloma-virus
23. Rotavirus gastroenteritis
24. Yellow fever
25. Japanese encephalitis
26. Malaria 27. Dengue fever