Immunization is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and our community from infectious diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children. These diseases hurt our most vulnerable neighbors – including kids, older people, and people with disabilities.
Vaccinating and immunizing is more than a way to promote lifelong health – it is our civic responsibility. We owe it to the people who we share our communities with the ensure that each of us receives the vaccinations that are available.
For more than 50 years, immunization has saved more than a billion lives and prevented countless illnesses and disabilities in the United States. Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.
We don’t vaccinate just to protect our children. We also vaccinate to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren. Our kids don’t have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists. Smallpox is now only a memory, and if we keep vaccinating against other diseases, the same will someday be true for other diseases. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to show our neighbors that we care about them and our community’s health.