"Vaccine-preventable diseases have a costly impact, resulting in doctor's visits, hospitalizations, and premature deaths. Sick children can also cause parents to lose time from work".
"Babies get some temporary immunity (protection) from mom during the last few weeks of pregnancy—but only for the diseases mom is immune to. These antibodies do not last long, leaving the infant vulnerable to disease".
"Vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t gone away. The viruses and bacteria that cause infectious illnesses and deaths still exist and can be passed on to people who are not immunized. The reason we don’t see vaccine-preventable illnesses in the U.S. isn’t because they’re gone, but because we are well protected by vaccines. Less protection will mean more illnesses in the future".
In the United States vaccines protect children from many diseases. However, in many parts of the world vaccine- preventable diseases are still common. Because diseases may be brought into the United States by Americans who travel abroad or from people visiting areas with current disease outbreaks, it’s important that your child is vaccinated.