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July 31, 2018 | Happenings, Health Advice

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month: Why Immunize Your Child?

You buckle them up, you make sure they eat healthy and get regular exercise but did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have up to date vaccinations.

Are immunizations really necessary? Many parents find themselves wondering whether or not to immunize their children but there are several key reasons why it is important.

Reason #1: Nobody Likes to be Sick
Many diseases covered by childhood vaccinations are now incredibly rare for good reason: because vaccinated populations are now immune to them. Unfortunately, failure to vaccinate your children leaves them susceptible to the diseases those immunizations are intended to protect against. Diseases such as measles, flu, whooping cough, and rubella have potentially serious consequences.

Reason #2: Herd Immunity Helps Protect Others
You want to keep your children safe. Other parents do too, but unfortunately not every child is able to receive vaccinations. Children with compromised immune systems, life-threatening reactions to vaccinations, or other health concerns makes it difficult for them to receive vaccinations. In this case, the more children vaccinated helps protect the children who are unable to receive vaccinations.

Reason #3: Immunizations Save Time and Money for Your Family
Getting your children vaccinated doesn’t just protect them from illness, it also helps prevent them from being out of school sick–and that means more time doing the things you enjoy. Also hospitalization, which is required for many of the diseases covered by common childhood vaccines, is incredibly expensive.

Today’s vaccines are highly safe and effective. While no vaccine is 100% effective, having your children properly vaccinated can help reduce the odds that they will end up ill or spread an illness to others. Contact us today to schedule your children’s vaccines and help provide them with the protection they need to stay healthy.