HHS, CDC National Infant Immunization Week April 20-27, 2013 large button image
Semana Nacional de Inmunización Infantil, 20 al 27 de abril de 2013

2013 Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old
Immunization schedules for infants and children in easy to read formats
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2013 Vacunas recomendadas para niños, desde el nacimiento hasta los 6 años de edad
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Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child
You want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates
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?
Immunizations can save your child’s life.
Because of advances in medical science, your child can be
protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of
children, have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction primarily due to safe and
effective vaccines. One example of the great impact that vaccines can have is the elimination of polio in
the United States. Polio was once America’s most feared disease, causing death and paralysis across t
country, but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.
Vaccination is very safe and effective.
Vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review
by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause
pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and
trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe
allergic reaction, are very rare. The disease-prevention 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. In fact, we have seen resurgences of measles
and whooping cough (pertussis) over the past few years. In 2010 the U.S. had over 21,000 cases of
whooping cough reported and 26 deaths most in children younger than 6 months. Unfortunately, some
babies are too young to be completely vaccinated and some people may not be able to receive certain
vaccinations due to severe allergies, weakened immune systems from conditions like leukemia, or other reasons. To help keep them safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized. This not only protects your family, but also helps prevent the spread of these diseases to your friends and loved ones.
Immunizations can save your family time and money.
A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be denied attendance at schools or daycare
facilities. Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial
toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care. In contrast, getting vaccinated
against these diseases is a good investment and usually covered by insurance. The Vaccines for Children program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families. To find out more about the VFC program, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/ or ask your child’s health care professional.
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. For example, smallpox vaccination eradicated that disease worldwide. Your
children don’t have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists. By vaccinating
children against rubella (German measles), the risk that pregnant women will pass this virus on to their
fetus or newborn has been dramatically decreased, and birth defects associated with that virus no longer are
seen in the United States. If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future
may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the
future. For more information about the importance of infant immunization, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines