As a parent, you’ll typically worry about the best milk to serve, the right car seat to buy, who your primary care physician should be, and what to feed your children. Immunizations are another critical component to ensure your child stays healthy. Below are just a few reasons why vaccines are essential for your children.
Immunizations Protect Your Child From Diseases
Vaccines train our immune systems to respond and eliminate certain microbes that can cause the disease. This protects your child from a wide assortment of illness and disease, some of which disable and kill thousands of children every year. In many cases, the immunization will protect your child for life.
Take polio, for example. In the not-so-distant past, polio was one of the most feared diseases in the country because there is no cure. Polio causes paralysis and can lead to death for some. Thanks to immunization, however, the incidence of polio has been reduced by 99% since 1979.
Vaccines can help prevent the following infections and diseases in your child: pneumonia, meningitis, the flu, chickenpox, hepatitis A and B, and human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, which can lead to cancer.
Immunizations Protect People Around You
If your child gets sick with a contagious infection or disease, those around your child could catch it – this is especially common and worrisome when it occurs in older populations, such as your child’s grandparents, who may have decreased immune system function.
However, by vaccinating your child, you’re also protecting those vulnerable populations who may come into contact with your child.
For instance, there has been a resurgence of whooping cough (pertussis) and measles in the U.S. in recent years. Of the estimated 50,000 cases of whooping cough, 15 to 20 babies who were still too young to get vaccinated, died. And 50 to 60 children who were not able to receive ample vaccinations due to weakened immune systems and severe allergies, died as well. Help keep your loved ones and the people around you safe by getting vaccinated.
Immunizations Increase Family Time
Thousands of children get sick from preventable illnesses each year. It causes them to miss school and may require your supervision and time away from work as your child stays in bed to rest and recover.
By getting your children vaccinated, you help to ensure they won’t miss important events or gatherings with the family.
Immunizations Save Money
Some preventable diseases can mean prolonged disabilities and endless doctor consultations. This could take a substantial financial toll on your family with medical bills, lost time at work, and long-term, expensive medical care. If you invest in vaccines, however, you won’t have to worry about these extra expenses in the future.
Vaccination with Dr. Sham Maghout-Juratli
Dr. Sham Maghout-Juratli is the go-to primary care physician when your child requires immunizations. Our team, headed by Dr. Sham, specializes in family medicine, as well as chronic disease management and wellness. Our mission is to advocate for healthy living and help our clients live long, happy lives.