Vaccinations are a very safe and proven way to protect your child from diseases that can cause injury or death. They can help protect children from diseases such as:
- Whooping cough
- Some types of bacterial pneumonia
- Serious blood infections
- Several types of meningitis
- Certain liver diseases
- Cervical cancer
Some people avoid vaccines because they believe immunizations can make you sick. This isn’t true. Most vaccines cause only minor side effects. If a child gets a disease that could have been prevented with a vaccine, the risks to the child and other people is much greater than the risk of a vaccine reaction.
In addition, many research studies have confirmed there is no link between vaccinations and autism or any other developmental disorder. Read more myths and facts.
Young infants are at high risk of getting sick. It is very important to make sure other close family members have had all of their vaccines and that the infant receives recommended vaccinations on schedule.
For more information contact your child’s doctor or visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
- Lyn Ranta, MD, director of Physician Affairs, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Dr. Ranta is a co-leader of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s immunization initiative, and she treated children as a community pediatrician for more than 20 years.