7 reasons why you need to update all your child’s vaccines
1) Vaccine-preventable diseases have not disappeared
- Viruses and bacteria that cause infectious diseases and deaths still exist. They can be passed on to those who are not protected by vaccines.
- Adolescents who have been vaccinated in childhood, but whose immunity has declined, are common transmitters of whooping cough to infants.
2) Vaccines will help you stay healthy
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccines from birth to adulthood. This is to provide lifetime protection against many diseases. We have infections such as meningitis, whooping cough, influenza, HPV, mumps, rubella and hepatitis A and B.
- Still, many teens are not vaccinated as recommended. This makes them unnecessarily vulnerable to disease, suffering and death.
3) Vaccines are as important to your health as diet and exercise
- Like eating healthy foods, being active and doing regular checkups, vaccines play a vital role in the health of pre-teens and teens alike.
- Vaccines are one of the safest and most practical preventive measures. Discuss with your doctor those recommended for you.
4) Immunization can do the difference between life and death
Vaccine preventable infections can be life threatening. For example, meningococcal infection can spread quickly, killing a teenager in 48 hours.
5) They are safe and effective
- Vaccines are among the safest medical products available and can prevent suffering and costs associated with infectious diseases.
- The potential risks associated with the diseases they prevent are far greater than the potential risks of vaccines themselves.
6) Vaccines will not cause the disease they prevent
- It is not possible to “catch” the vaccine disease. Some contain dead virus, and it is impossible to extract the disease.
- Others have live viruses, but weakened, designed to make sure you do not catch the disease.
7) Vaccine Preventable Diseases Affect Everyone
- In general, vaccine-preventable diseases are more serious for infants and elderly. By getting vaccinated, you protect yourself, your family and friends.
- Infants and elderly are generally at higher risk for serious infections and complications, but vaccine-preventable diseases can strike anyone, including healthy teens.