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Health Topics - Immunizations
Posted 9/1/18

Why immunizations are important for all students?

Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalizations, or even be deadly- especially in infants and young children.

Vaccines and School requirements that are required for children to enroll and attend school vary by state. States and U.S. territories enact laws and regulations that require children to receive certain vaccines before they enter school (kindergarten/first grade, middle school, high school and college).

Five Important Reasons to Immunize your Child:

1.       Immunizations can save your child’s life

Because of advances in medical science your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before.

2.       Vaccination is safe and effective

All vaccines are only given to children after long and careful review by scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals.

3.       Immunization protects others you care about

Serious vaccine-preventable diseases occur. Unfortunately some babies are too young to be completely vaccinated and some people may not be able to receive vaccinations due to allergies, weakened immune systems, or other reasons. To help keep these individuals safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized.

4.       Immunizations can save your family time and money

A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be kept out of schools or daycare facilities. A prolonged illness can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long term disability care.

5.       Immunizations protects future generations

Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before. For example, smallpox vaccination helped eradicate that disease worldwide. Your children don’t have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists.