Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vaccines can prevent infectious diseases

As we all know infectious diseases are scary because they are contagious, dangerous, and some can even be deadly. Measles, whooping cough, chickenpox and invasive pneumococcal disease can threaten the health of our children and us. Babies under two years old are at the highest risk because their immune systems are still developing. This is the reason that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that we vaccine our children to help protect them from these diseases. I believe as a parent that getting our children vaccinated, with all the recommended doses and on time, is one of the most important steps we can take to help protect them from serious illness that can be prevented.
Based on a study of population-based vaccination and disease rates between 1995 and 2001, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that when the routine immunization schedule is followed, 33,000 lives can be saved and 14 million cases of disease can be prevented. Children under the age of 5 who have missed more than half the recommended well-child visits had up to twice the risk of being hospitalized compared to children who attended 75% or more. 

There are many infants and children in Texas who do not receive all the CDC-recommended vaccines. Children who are underinsured, have no insurance, or are Medicaid-eligible can qualify to receive these vaccines in the USA for little to no cost. There are some providers who have opened extended office hours to fit busy work and home schedules, so the families can get the vaccines for their children. Explore the resources to learn more about the importance of vaccination and how we can help make sure our children are fully vaccinated.

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