Why Vaccinations are Important

Everyone gets sick, even children. Common colds and an upset stomach happen all the time. But what about something a little more serious, like measles and mumps, chicken pox and tetanus, whooping cough and polio. These are dangerous illnesses. Luckily, they’re also illnesses that can be prevented, not just in your child but in the community.

Over the years, vaccines have helped rid the world of illnesses like smallpox which, at one point, had a high risk of death if contracted. Luckily an English doctor named Edward Jenner began creating a vaccine in 1796 (National Institutes of Health). We didn’t have the science then that we have now, but over the years the vaccine was modified to an extent that by 1980, smallpox was declared eradicated. During the 20th century, an estimated 300 million people died of this dreadful disease, all prior to the successful introduction of a vaccine.

Vaccines can help protect your child from 14 different diseases. Diseases like:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria
  • The Flu
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hib
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pneumococcal Disease (like ear infections, strep throat, meningitis)
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping Cough

Keeping children healthy is your job as a parent. Making their immune systems scientifically stronger is ours. Vaccinating your kids helps them achieve that strong health.

In other words, vaccines can change their world … for the better.