Four Reasons Vaccines Are Important for Your Child’s Health

Questions about vaccines? Find out why they’re so important to your health and the health of your child, and how they can help keep everyone safe.

April 24, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

No one likes shots, but you may be surprised to learn how important vaccines can be for your health.

While the immune system normally detects germs, it doesn’t work fast enough to produce the antibodies needed to protect you. This is where vaccines can help. It prepares your immune to quickly recognize and fight off infections caused by certain bacteria or viruses.

Getting vaccinated can help prevent major diseases, illnesses, and even death in some cases. That’s why it’s important that you talk to your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to get what you need to stay healthy.

Click the photos below to find out what vaccines can do for you and your family.

Vaccines protect from diseases

They Protect from Disease

 

Vaccines protect from diseases

Vaccines work by building up your immune system to fight off infections caused by viruses and bacteria. Doing so protects you from serious illnesses like mumps, measles, and more—diseases which, not so long ago, might have caused brain damage or even death. Vaccine use has even eliminated polio, a disease that caused paralysis.

 

Vaccines are safe

They’re Safe

 

Vaccines are safe

Vaccines are carefully reviewed and approved by scientists, doctors, and the government before they can be used in the general public. While many vaccines are given with a needle, any brief discomfort is worth the protection they give. Vaccines rarely produce serious side effects.

 

Vaccines save time and money

They Can Save Your
Family Time and Money

 

Vaccines save time and money

Vaccines help prevent illnesses that could make you miss work or school, or that could cause high medical bills. And don’t forget: no matter what health insurance plan you have, you’re covered for certain vaccines under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

 

Vaccines protect everyone

They Protect
More Than Just You

 

Vaccines protect everyone

Not everyone can get a vaccine. Among those who can’t are newborns or people with weakened immune systems. That means that if you or your children aren’t vaccinated, you can spread diseases to vulnerable people. Vaccines help protect the entire community. Don’t forget to consult your doctor if you’re traveling outside of the country and if you need additional vaccinations.

 
 

 

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The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

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https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/reasons-to-vaccinate.html

“Why Immunize.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed March 28, 2018.
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/why.htm

“10 Reasons To Be Vaccinated.” National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Accessed March 28, 2018.
http://www.adultvaccination.org/10-reasons-to-be-vaccinated

“Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child,” Vaccines.gov. Accessed March 28, 2018.
https://www.vaccines.gov/getting/for_parents/five_reasons/index.html

“Why Are Childhood Vaccines So Important?,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed March 28, 2018.
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