Vaccines help the body’s immune system fight certain diseases that cause people to be very ill, have a disability or can even cause death. Immunizations and vaccines are the same thing. They work in the body to protect us from the illness and disease.
Adults need shots, too. Call your clinic or health department to find out what shots you might need or when your next ones are due. Immunizations are very safe. Millions of children are safely immunized each year. The immunizations produced in the United States are the safest and most effective that we have ever had.
A Case for Immunization
Many people worry that immunizations can cause autism. There have been many studies done that continue to show that immunizations do not cause autism.
Many diseases are no longer common in this country because of the great protection from children getting immunizations. The diseases may still be common in other parts of the world. Even if your family does not travel to other countries, you could encounter people who do and become very ill.
Many childhood diseases can be prevented by following recommended guidelines for vaccinations. The Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians have approved a series of vaccinations for all children to protect them against diseases:
- MMR - to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles)
- Polio vaccine (IPV) - to protect against poliovirus
- DTaP - to protect against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough)
- Hib vaccine - to protect against Haemophilus influenzae type b (which causes spinal meningitis)
- HBV - to protect against hepatitis B
- Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV7) - to protect against pneumonia, infection in blood and meningitis
- Varicella - to protect against chicken pox