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Blog: Immunizations protect your baby from potentially deadly diseases

Infant Immunizations

As a parent, you want to protect your child from every danger. One of the most important things you can do to ensure your child’s safety is to vaccinate them, particularly in their vulnerable first year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history with vaccines being fully tested before approved for use.

Millions of children are safely vaccinated each year, with the CDC reporting the most common side effects are very mild, such as soreness at the injection site, fussiness or a low-grade fever. Claims that vaccines cause autism or other diseases have been carefully researched and disproved.

Without vaccines, your child is at risk for becoming seriously ill and suffering pain, disability and even death from diseases such as measles and whooping cough.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, lists seven childhood diseases that vaccinations can prevent:

  • Diphtheria: This serious infection of the nose and throat can lead to breathing problems, paralysis and heart failure. About 15,000 people died each year in the U.S. before there was a vaccine.
  • Tetanus: This infection that painfully tightens muscles, kills about 1 in 10 people who contract it.
  • Pertussis: Also known as whooping cough, pertussis can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage or death. Most pertussis deaths are in babies younger than 3 months old.
  • Hib: Haemophilus influenza type B can lead to brain damage, pneumonia, deafness and other health problems, including severe swelling of the throat.
  • Hepatitis B: This infection causes liver damage and cancer in 1 child out of 4 who are chronically infected.
  • Polio: This infectious disease can lead to permanent paralysis and death. In the 1950s, polio paralyzed more than 15,000 people every year in America.
  • Pneumococcal disease: About 1 in 15 children who contract this disease die from the infection.­­

Centegra Physician Care recommends children receive vaccines according to the schedule published by the CDC.

To schedule an appointment for your child, call Centegra Physician Care at 815-338-6600.

References:

CDC: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/parent-questions.html

American Academy of Pediatrics: https://healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Your-Babys-First-Vaccines.aspx