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The last week of April marks National Infant Immunization Week which is a wonderful time to highlight the importance of protecting infants and young children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
The past few years have been chaotic with many disruptions for some families which have led some to fall behind on routine well-check appointments and routine vaccinations that are so important for making sure that children stay healthy. In celebration of this week, I want to share my perspective on why this week is so important.
Staying Up To Date On Vaccines
As a mom, I strive to do my best to keep my children healthy and protected from illness. From making sure we get enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, staying physically active and making sure that they stay up to date on their vaccines. Since my kids were babies, we’ve chosen to stick to the recommended vaccination schedule for our kids as it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent serious illness or hospitalization from disease.
It’s important to follow the recommended vaccination schedule for infants, children and teens to ensure they are protected. This is especially important because babies’ immune systems are not fully developed, and they are more susceptible to serious illnesses. Vaccines protect our children and teens from 16 vaccine-preventable diseases—including HPV, which can cause six types of cancer. By getting vaccinations on time, we can help ensure that children are protected when they need it the most.
Protection From Serious Diseases
Immunizations protect babies and children from serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective in preventing diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and whooping cough. By getting our children vaccinated, we can help protect them from these serious illnesses.
Vaccination is a shared responsibility! Vaccines help protect both individuals and communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. When we vaccinate our children (and stay up to date ourselves), we also help protect our community. When a high percentage of the population is vaccinated, it creates herd immunity, which makes it harder for diseases to spread. This is especially important for those who cannot receive vaccines, such as infants who are too young to be vaccinated or people with compromised immune systems.
By vaccinating our children, we are also protecting future generations. Many diseases that were once common and deadly have been eliminated or drastically reduced thanks to vaccines. By continuing to vaccinate our children, we can ensure that these diseases don’t return and continue to protect future generations from their devastating effects.
Safe and Effective
Vaccines are safe and have been extensively tested for effectiveness. The risks of serious side effects are very low, and the benefits of vaccination far outweigh any potential risks. Vaccines have helped to greatly reduce the incidence of many serious illnesses and have even led to the eradication of some diseases. The U.S. vaccine safety system has been in place to ensure that vaccines are as safe as possible. As new information and science become available, vaccine recommendations are monitored, updated, and improved.
Peace of Mind
As a mom, getting my children vaccinated has given me peace of mind. I know that I am doing everything I can to protect my child from serious illnesses. Vaccinations also allow me to feel confident when traveling and taking my children out into the world, knowing that they are protected from many dangerous diseases.
National Infant Immunization Week is an important reminder of the importance of vaccinating our children. Immunizations protect our children from serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, create herd immunity, and provide peace of mind for parents. If you’re unsure if your kiddos are up to date on their vaccines, give your pediatrician a call so they can help you get caught up! You can learn more about vaccines and their safety and efficacy from trusted sources, like iVaccinate.org. I Vaccinate provides information & tools based on real medical science and research to help Michigan parents protect their kids.
Vaccinating our children is one of the most important steps we can take to protect their health and well-being. By vaccinating our children, we are not only protecting them but also helping to create a healthier and safer world for everyone.