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Safety & Prevention

Immunizations routinely recommended for all children can prevent many major diseases, including:

  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Diphtheria
  • The flu (influenza)
  • German measles (rubella)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b infections (meningitis, sepsis, pneumonia, arthritis, epiglottitis, and other serious infections)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal infections (meningococcemia, meningitis)
  • Mumps
  • Pneumococcal infections (meningitis, sepsis, pneumonia, arthritis, and other serious infections)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Several other immunizations are used in certain circumstances (eg, hepatitis A, rabies).

The opportunities to protect the health of children and teenagers have never been greater. Today’s generation of parents may feel safe from diseases that threatened millions of children many years ago. Although the number of sick patients has greatly decreased, it’s important to remember that all of these diseases still exist and can harm children who have not been immunized. Routine, up-to-date vaccinations are as important today as they have ever been.

 

Last Updated
5/11/2013
Source
Immunizations & Infectious Diseases: An Informed Parent's Guide (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.