Immunizations have saved millions of lives and prevented hundreds of millions of cases of disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The best way to protect our children and the community from disease is by choosing to immunize.
Immunizations are a safe and effective way to prevent illness by strengthening the immune system. They help the body recognize and attack viruses and bacteria that cause disease. While some of the diseases we vaccinate against are now rare in the United States, others are still fairly common. In addition, diseases that are rare here may still be common problems in other countries.
If you choose not to immunize your child, he or she has the potential to be exposed to disease and spread it to others who are not immune. If there are a significant number of unprotected people in the community, the sickness could become an epidemic with serious consequences. Vaccines are a way to help end serious diseases and protect the future of our children.
For more information:
Utah Valley Pediatrics Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule 2006 – https://www.uvpediatrics.com/health-topics/immunization-sched.php
Answers to common immunization concerns (CDC) – http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/safety/default.htm#concerns
Vaccine Education Center (CHOP) – http://www.chop.edu/consumer/jsp/microsite/microsite.jsp?id=75918
Why Immunize? (CDC) – http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/why.htm
Immunization Timeline (Immunization Action Coalition) – http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4050.pdf