Immunization Proclamation: Why Childhood Vaccines Are So Important - Henry J. Austin Health Center

Immunization Proclamation: Why Childhood Vaccines Are So Important

Immunization Proclamation: Why Childhood Vaccines Are So Important

One of the best ways to protect your children is by making sure they have all of their vaccinations. There’s a program, Vaccines for Children, that’s federally funded and provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families. To find out more about the VFC program, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/

 Below are five reasons why immunizations childhood vaccines are so important:

Immunizations save lives – Now more than ever you can protect your child from diseases. In the past children have been injured or killed by diseases that are now extinct. For example, Polio, America’s most-feared disease has no current reports in the United State due to vaccinations.

Vaccinations are safe and effective – Only after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals are vaccines administered to children. Although vaccines can cause pain and discomfort it is temporary compared to the long-term effects of diseases vaccines can prevent. Side effects like allergic reactions are rare.

Immunizations protect others – To keep children who may not be able to receive certain vaccinations due to severe allergies or weakened immune systems protected, it is important that you get your child who is able to get vaccinated, fully immunized. This too helps protect your family as well as prevent the spread to friends and loved ones.

Vaccinations can save you time and money – Your child can be denied attendance at schools or child care centers. Not getting your child vaccinated can result in prolonged disabilities that lead to financial strain, time off work, and medical bills from disability care. Vaccinations are usually covered by insurance.

Immunizations protect future generations – In some instances vaccines have reduced and eliminated deadly diseases. Continuing vaccinations completely may help future parents and children to trust some of today’s diseases may no longer be around.

To speak with a healthcare professional about scheduling your child’s immunization call us at: 609-278-5900.

This information was originally posted on vaccines.gov.