Stay On Course: 4 Reasons Your Child Should Be Immunized

Posted on: 26 June 2019

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If your child has not received their immunizations, it's time to make arrangements with their primary care physician. If you're concerned about the risks associated with childhood immunizations, you should know that they're safe for your child. In fact, immunization will help protect your child and keep them healthy. Here are just four of the reasons why you need to have your child immunized.

Protects Your Child

If your child isn't fully immunized, you need to know that they're at risk for a wide variety of serious illnesses. Some of those illnesses include polio, rubella and whooping cough. These diseases can be fatal, which means, if your child develops one, they may not survive. Immunizations provide protection against these diseases, which means your child will be protected, even when they're around children who have not been immunized.

Provides Protection for Others

If your child has not received their immunizations, they may put the health and safety of others at risk. This is particularly true where children with weakened immune systems or other medical conditions are concerned. Some medical conditions prevent children from being immunized. Not only that, but most immunizations can't be administered until babies are older. For instance, babies don't receive their first immunization for whooping cough until they're at least two-months old. They don't receive their MMR vaccination for protection against measles, mumps, and rubella, until they're at least a12-months old. Unfortunately, that means that if your child isn't immunized, they could pass those diseases on to babies. You can provide protection for others by ensuring that your child has received their proper immunizations.

Prevents the Return of Life-Threatening Diseases

Once the use of immunizations became widespread, many childhood diseases were eradicated. Unfortunately, many of those diseases have begun to spread again, especially measles and whooping cough. One reason for the return of these diseases is because many parents have chosen to forego immunizations, for their own children. You can help prevent the return of these potentially deadly childhood diseases by immunizing your child.

Meets Requirements for Your Child's Access to College

If you plan for your child to attend college, after high school, you need to have them immunized while they're young. Most colleges require proof of current immunizations as part of the admissions process. Postponing immunizations could put your child's college education at risk. The best way to avoid problems is to have your child immunized early.