It’s always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Avoiding many of the most serious diseases is easy by simply following the recommended vaccination schedule for your child.
In the 1900s polio killed hundreds of thousands of people every year. But thanks to vaccinations, children today have a near-zero risk of contracting polio. The same goes for measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, and many others.
Closely following the national immunization program schedule is critical to protecting the health of your children. You know that wearing their seatbelts and holding their hand walking across the street keeps them safe. Likewise, vaccinating your children is one of the easiest and most important ways to protect them against preventable diseases.
If you have questions about vaccinations, read on to find out why they’re so important, what they do, and where to get them.
Why Childhood Vaccinations Are So Important
Vaccines protect your children by creating immunity to a range of diseases before they get exposed to them. The vaccines contain small weakened parts of the disease they protect against, small enough not to be dangerous, but just enough to stimulate your natural immune system to produce the antibodies that create immunity.
Vaccines are a win-win. Your child gets immunity from many harmful diseases without getting sick!
Staying On Your Vaccination Schedule Protects Your Child
Sticking to the recommended vaccination schedule means protecting your child from 14 different serious and life-threatening diseases before they turn 2 years old. The exact timing and amounts administered are incredibly controlled, well researched, and clinically proven to be safe and effective.
Staying On Your Vaccination Schedule Protects Others
Vaccinations don’t just protect you and your family, they protect everyone else you come into contact with. Unfortunately, not everyone can be vaccinated. Some people cannot get them due to pre-existing certain conditions, especially conditions that weaken the immune system. Likewise, children have to wait until they’re a certain age to get some vaccines.
The best way to protect others who aren’t able to get vaccinated is to get vaccinated yourself. This helps prevent the spread of preventable diseases to those most at risk.
Staying On Your Vaccination Schedule Saves You Time & Money
Missing or ignoring your child’s vaccination schedule just puts their health at risk but can impact you and hinder their day-to-day lives.
If your child contracts a vaccine-preventable disease, you’ll have to take off work to care for them, costing you time and money. And if your child doesn’t have all of their vaccines, certain schools, centers, clubs, sports, and other places may turn away as they pose a health risk to others.
Vaccines Are Clinically Studied & Proven Safe
There is a lot of misinformation out there on the internet about the safety of vaccines. The truth is that these vaccines undergo some of the toughest and lengthiest clinical studies to ensure their safety. Studies around the world conclusively prove vaccines are both safe and effective.
There are multiple oversight committees and databases that continue to monitor the ongoing safety of vaccines.
My Child Has Missed A Vaccine. Can They Catch Up?
It’s recommended that you stick to the vaccine schedule outlined by the department of health. But if you’ve fallen behind or missed an appointment, the good news is that your child can usually pick up where they left off and continue their vaccine schedules.
Talk to your medical professional for advice on how to resume your child’s vaccination schedule and keep them on track.
Don’t Delay Getting Your Child Their Vaccinations
Vaccinations protect your child against serious preventable diseases. Keeping them on their vaccination schedules ensures they get their vaccines at the right ages and at the right time.
Have more questions about vaccines? Talk to your medical pediatric professional who will discuss your child’s medical history and can safely administer their recommended vaccine shots. They’ll walk you through the process from start to finish and ensure you’re informed and have all of your questions answered.