Why Do We Vaccinate?

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To Stop the Spread of Disease: A vaccine protects the child and decreases the spread of that disease to others.

To Build Community Immunity: By vaccinating most people, we can protect our entire community from diseases. If enough people choose not to vaccinate, it leaves an opening for disease to break through and spread. It’s important for everyone to take part in protecting all members of our community.

To Protect People Too Sick to Vaccinate: Some kids can never get vaccinated. Children with illnesses such as leukemia, other cancers, heart problems, or even some kids with asthma are too sick to get vaccines. Some teens, adults, and elderly can also be too sick to get protection with vaccination.

To Protect People Too Young or Too Old to Get Vaccinated: Some vaccines can’t be given to babies or the elderly because of their age, leaving them defenseless to diseases. By vaccinating children on time, we build a community of immunity around babies and grandparents so they have a fighting chance.

To Protect Those Not Fully Vaccinated & Those Who Do Not Get Full Protection: No vaccine is 100% effective. Some people don’t respond fully to a vaccine, or its protection has worn off and they need a booster shot. When most of us are vaccinated, we increase the protection for all.

To Strengthen the Body’s Natural Immunity: The immunity gained from vaccination is similar to a natural infection without the risk of a natural disease. In fact, studies show that vaccinated children suffer fewer infections overall than unvaccinated children.

Don’t forget about your own vaccines!

Many adults don’t realize that they also need to get vaccinated to prevent disease. Adults need an annual flu vaccination as well as a one-time Tdap booster to protect against whooping cough (pertussis). Check with your doctor to make sure you have all the vaccines you need to stay healthy for your family and community!

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