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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Why your child should be immunized?

Children need immunizations (shots) to protect them from dangerous childhood diseases.  These diseases can have serious complications and even cause death.

Parents are naturally concerned about the health and safety of their children. The popularity of preventive measures from child-proof door latches to auto safety seats are evidence of their concern. Illness and death caused by infectious diseases, while not as widespread as a half-century ago are still a danger. Vaccines protect children by preparing their bodies to fight many potentially deadly diseases.

A weakened form of the disease germ is injected into the body.  The body makes antibodies to fight these invaders. If actual disease germs ever attack the body, the antibodies will still be there to destroy them.

Disease prevention is key to public health. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccines can protect both the people who receive them and those with whom they come in contact. Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country and around the world, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).  Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of infectious diseases and saved literally millions of lives.

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Posted on August 2, 2012