You’ve been advised to immunize your child, and you’ve probably heard about the debate for and against it. To provide some clarification, here are five reasons why immunizations are important.

  • Immunizations can save your child’s life.
    Thanks to advancements made in medical science, children can now be protected against more diseases than ever before. Many diseases that were once feared and killed thousands have been eliminated completely or are close to being eliminated. One good example of this is polio. This disease used to cause death and paralysis across the country, but today, there are no instances of it in the United States.
  • Vaccinations are safe and, more importantly, effective.
    All vaccines must go through a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals before they are administered to any patient. This ensures that they not only do what they are meant to do, but that they do it safely. Usually, the only side effects or reactions that vaccinations produce are some pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of the injection.
  • Immunizations protect others.
    Not only do immunizations protect you and your family, but it protects those around you – friends, family, and even strangers – from contracting a disease as well. This is especially important for those who are unable to receive vaccinations, such as babies who are too young to be immunized and individuals who have weakened immune systems or have other reasons preventing them from receiving vaccinations.
  • Immunizations can save your family time and money.
    Considering that the diseases that immunizations protect against can be pricey to treat (both in the treatment itself and in lost time from work when recuperating), getting a vaccination is an investment in your health.
  • Immunizations protect future generations.
    Smallpox was eradicated thanks to the work of vaccines. As previously mentioned, cases of polio are much less prevalent than before. If parents continue to vaccinate their children, these diseases will be contracted less and less until they are completely eliminated and can no longer harm future generations.

Schools almost always require students to receive full vaccinations at the start of the school year. Now that you are aware of their importance, be sure that your child is up to date on his or her vaccinations.