It’s common for people to question whether all the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are really necessary. Thanks to the success of our nation’s childhood immunization program, American children are offered protection from as many as 16 different diseases.
But are these diseases really that dangerous? If we rarely see these diseases in our communities, do we really need to be that concerned about them? And why do we still vaccinate for diseases we rarely see?
Unfortunately, it’s this line of questioning that providers often come up against when discussing vaccines in the examining room. If a parent fails to recognize the risks associated with these diseases, they may be more likely to forego life-saving vaccines. Health care professionals want parents to understand that these diseases are dangerous, sometimes deadly, and most definitely still exist. This is why Every Child By Two developed a new resource to help educate people about…
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