Common Questions About Vaccinations

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Question:

It seems like children aren't getting measles, polio and certain other diseases anymore. Is it really necessary for my child to be immunized against them?

Answer:

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Yes. It is terribly important that we try to immunize every child because by doing this, we create a population of children who are immune to serious childhood diseases for which we have no effective means of treatment.

It is true that there are fewer cases of these diseases but that is strictly due to the high percentage of American children who are immunized. If the percentage of children immunized goes down, severe childhood diseases such as measles, polio, etc. will reappear, just like the recent outbreaks of mumps and whooping cough (pertussis).

Question:

My 6-month-old son has had so many "shots" that he's almost a pin cushion.

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