One of the most important ways you can keep you children safe is to get
them immunized. Immunizations, also known as vaccines, are your child's
best defense against disease.
Vaccines aren't just good for your child. They also help keep everyone
in your family and community from getting sick. Before vaccines, people
would become ill and in some cases, die from diseases like polio and measles.
Vaccines changed all that. It's easy to forget how bad those diseases
were because now we don't see people becoming ill or dying from them
every day. However, these diseases still exist, so it's still very
important to get your child immunized.
Vaccines work by alerting the body's defenses, or immune system. They
get the body ready to fight the disease if your child is exposed to it
later on in life. Your child will need to get a lot of vaccines early
in life. Some of these vaccines are only given once, while others are
given in a few doses over time.
Following the vaccine schedule is really important to make sure your child
is fully protected. Talk with your doctor about which vaccines your child needs.
Some parents have concerns about the safety of vaccines. False claims in
the news have led these parents to believe that vaccines can cause autism.
However, study after study has shown there is no link between the two.
Some parents also worry about their child getting lots of different vaccines
at the same time. These combination vaccines are as safe and effective
as giving one vaccine at a time. It also means fewer needle sticks for
Vaccines are safe and have very few risks. Remember, the real risk is if
your child doesn't get vaccinated. Please do your part to protect
your child. Follow the vaccine schedule and have your child immunized.
You'll be doing everything you can to keep your child healthy and
safe and you'll feel good knowing that you're also protecting
your family and your community.
Source: healthwise .org
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