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Why Immunize?

2014 Immunization Schedule for Birth-6 Years Old
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2014 Immunization Schedule for 7-18 Years Old
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Children need immunizations (shots) to protect them from certain dangerous childhood diseases. Without immunizations, your child can get these diseases — some of which have no cure.

When you get your children fully immunized, you are giving them the best protection against these diseases. Getting immunized also helps protect your community. Diseases spread more easily from person to person if people don't have all their shots.

Many diseases are not as common as they once were due to immunizations. Smallpox has been totally eliminated due to immunizations! Polio was one of the most feared diseases causing death and paralysis across America. Thanks to immunizations, there are no reports of polio in the United States today. Diseases like measles and Hib Disease (Haemophilus influenzae type b) may not be as common as they once were but the bacteria and viruses that cause them still exist. That is why children still need immunizations to be protected.

Infants and young children are at the highest risk from these diseases. Immunizations help your child's immune system to become stronger to fight off these diseases. Each time your child receives an immunization, your child's immune system becomes stronger.

Getting immunized is usually covered by insurance. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides immunizations at no cost to children who might not otherwise be immunized because of inability to pay. To find out more about the VFC program, or ask your child's health care provider.

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