Vaccine Benefits: Why get vaccinated?

Your children’s first vaccines protect them from eight serious diseases, caused by viruses and bacteria. These diseases have injured and killed many children (and adults) over the years. Polio paralyzed about 37,000 people and killed 1,700 each year in the 1950’s before there was a vaccine. In the 1980’s Hib disease was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children under five years of age. About 15,000 people a year died from diphtheria before there was a vaccine. Most children have had at least one rotavirus infection by their 5th birthday.

None of these diseases has completely disappeared. Without vaccination, they will come back. This has happened in other parts of the world.

8 Diseases Prevented by Childhood Vaccinations

  1. Diphtheria
  2. Tetanus
  3. Pertussis
  4. HIB
  5. Hepatitis B
  6. Polio
  7. Pneumococcal
  8. Rotavirus

Babies get six vaccines between birth and six months of age. These protect your baby from the above eight diseases.

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