Fortunately, most of us are not old enough to remember when diseases like smallpox, polio, and pertussis (also called whooping cough) were widespread, causing death to some. For example, smallpox was a highly contagious disease, killing 3 out of every 10 people who contracted it and leaving countless others with disfiguring scars. Polio could lead to paralysis and even death.
Thanks to vaccines to protect us against these potentially deadly viruses, both diseases have been eradicated in the US. We may not realize that these diseases are still a threat because vaccines not only are widely available in the US, but they also are a requirement for your child to attend most schools and daycare facilities. However, other countries still have cases of polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Vaccines are crucial for maintaining the health of your child, your family, and your community. The family doctors at Wasatch Peak Family Practice in Layton, Utah, share the five most important reasons to stay on top of immunizations for your child.
Vaccines save lives
Diseases that once led to severe illness and death worldwide are now preventable, thanks to advances in medical science. While vaccines may seem like a nuisance, they have saved millions of lives over the years and are vital to your child’s health.
Vaccines protect others
Some people can’t get vaccines due to underlying health conditions. Additionally, young children are not fully vaccinated against many diseases, making them vulnerable if exposed to them. By getting your child vaccinated, you’re not only protecting your child but anyone with whom your child comes into contact.
Vaccines can prevent suffering
Diseases such as chickenpox and hepatitis A are generally not deadly. However, they can lead to serious illness and long-term health issues, as well as great discomfort, missed school and work.
Vaccines are safe
Over the years, the efficacy and safety of vaccines have been questioned. Vaccines are tested and studied thoroughly by health professionals and medical scientists before being given to the public. Common side effects such as soreness, redness, and pain near the injection site are mild.
Vaccines are part of a healthy lifestyle
Do you make sure your children wear their seatbelts in the car and a \helmet when they ride their bike? Staying on top of vaccines is equally important for protecting your child and making sure they stay healthy.
Are your children up to date on all their vaccines? Call Wasatch Peak Family Practice today to make sure your child is up to date or to schedule an appointment to receive their age-appropriate vaccinations. You can also request an appointment online.