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Children’s immunizations: birth to 10 years

Is your child protected?

Immunizations are one of the best, most effective ways to keep infants and children healthy and protected from dangerous illnesses. Today most parents have never seen the devastating consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases first-hand. Though not common in the U.S., these diseases persist around the world. Vaccine-preventable diseases can cause serious illness, may require hospitalization and can be deadly — especially in infants and young children.

Continuing to protect children through vaccination is an important step to prevent outbreaks. Vaccines have an enormous impact on improving the health of children, families and communities in the United States. Through immunization, children can be protected from 16 potentially harmful diseases.

Recommended immunizations for children:

  • Hepatitis A: A vaccination building immunity to a virus which causes damage to the liver.
  • Hepatitis B: A vaccination building immunity to a virus which causes damage to the liver. 
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)) vaccine: A vaccination that helps prevent children from diseases caused by diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis bacteria.
  • Hib (Haemophilus Influenza B): A vaccine to prevent Hib disease which is a bacterial meningitis that causes pneumonia, severe swelling in the throat, and infections of the blood, joints, and bones.  
  • Poliovirus: A vaccine used to protect from an infectious disease caused by a virus living in the throat and intestinal tract that can lead to paralysis.  
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella):  A vaccine used to protect from a virus that produces swelling of the glands, swollen jaw, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite.
  • Varicella: A vaccine used to protect against the varicella-zoster virus that causes blister-like rashes, itching, tiredness and fever.  Some people who are vaccinated may still get the disease; however, it will be much milder with fewer blisters and little to no fever. 
  • Pneumococcal: A vaccine given to prevent pneumonia, meningitis or sepsis.
  • Influenza: A vaccine to prevent the flu and continue protection against current flu viruses.
  • Rotavirus: A vaccine to protect against a virus that spreads easily among infants and young children that causes severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain.  

Top 10 reasons to vaccinate children

  1. Vaccinations are the best way to ensure a child is healthy and protected from dangerous, preventable diseases.
  2. Vaccination is a safe, effective protection — all vaccines undergo lengthy and careful review by scientists, doctors, institutions and the federal government to ensure safety.
  3. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physician and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all strongly support and encourage vaccination.
  4. Vaccination protects children from the serious symptoms, complications and illness caused by vaccine-preventable diseases, including amputation, paralysis, hearing loss, brain damage and more.
  5. Vaccines protect the person being vaccinated as well as family members, friends, grandparents and community members.
  6. Vaccination has led to a dramatic decline in the U.S. cases of several infectious diseases.
  7. Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps and pertussis (whooping cough), still threaten and infect U.S. children. Some of these vaccine-preventable diseases are quite common in other countries and are brought to the U.S. through international travelers. If a child is not vaccinated against these diseases, the child could become infected if the child comes into contact with the disease.
  8. If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, like transplant recipients and people with cancer.
  9. Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. occur when many parents in a community choose to not vaccinate their children.
  10. Every person has a public health commitment to their community to protect each other and each other’s children through immunization of family members in order to decrease the spread of infectious disease.

Source: Immunization Action Coalition, Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating

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