By Leslie Terjesen on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, exclaimed, “Parents want to do what is best for their children. We all know about the importance of car seats, baby gates, bike helmets, and other ways to keep them safe. But did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations?”

   There five reasons to make sure your child is vaccinated with all the appropriate vaccinations and also vaccinated on time are:

Immunizations can save your child’s life. Some diseases that once affected children are no longer common in the United States –due to safe and effective vaccines.   Polio, which once caused death and paralysis, is no longer seen in the U.S. due to vaccination.

Vaccination is very safe and effective. Vaccines are only given after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals.  Side effects, such as an allergic reaction to the vaccine, are extremely rare. The benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.

Immunization protects others you care about. Children in the U.S. still get vaccine-preventable diseases. There has been a resurgence of whooping cough (pertussis).  More than 18,000 cases of whooping cough were reported in the U.S. in 2015.  Each year up to 20 babies die from whooping cough in the United States. Most deaths occur in babies who are too young to be protected by their own vaccination.  It is important that series of vaccinations be completed.

Immunizations can save your family time and money. A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be denied attendance at schools or child care facilities and parents may miss work.   Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work and medical bills.

Immunization protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago.


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