Why It Is Important to Immunize
Immunizations protect you, your family, and your community.
- Recent outbreaks of mumps, varicella (chickenpox), measles, and pertussis (whooping cough) remind us that serious diseases still exist in our community.
- Every year, children are hospitalized and some die from influenza (flu) and the problems it causes.
- Immunizations save lives and prevent common but serious illnesses, diseases that are rare but still exist, and diseases common in other parts of the world.
- Some people cannot get vaccinated, such as very young babies and people with conditions that weaken their immune system, like leukemia. Vaccinating helps keep your child healthy and your community healthy, too.
- Children who are not immunized or not fully immunized are at risk for serious preventable diseases. Check out CDC’s recommended childhood immunization schedule.
- Adults need immunizations too. Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date, especially if you take care of children or the elderly.
Vaccines are Safe
- Held to the highest safety standards by the Food and Drug Administration, vaccines must go through many tests before use.
- All recommended vaccines for children under 3 years of age are thimerosal-free (thimerosal is a preservative that contains ethylmercury).
- Scientific evidence shows no connection between any vaccine and disorders such as autism.
- Serious side effects from vaccines are very rare.
Ask! It’s OK to Have Questions!
- Ask your doctor or nurse about recommended immunizations at any visit!
- Talk with your doctor, nurse, or clinic about your immunization questions.
- Work with your health care provider to develop an immunization plan for your child.