Monday Health Minute | Published April 23, 2012

The importance of infant immunizations

The ethics and safety of vaccinations have been debated, but research and testing show immunizations are extremely safe. Observe National Infant Immunization Week by learning about the importance of getting vaccinations at a young age:

  • Immunizations can protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases, including hepatitis B, rotavirus, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella
  • Children who are not immunized for a vaccine-preventable disease are more likely to contract it themselves and put the whole family and community at greater risk of getting sick
  • Unvaccinated children are more susceptible to meningitis, deafness resulting from mumps, and liver cancer caused by the hepatitis B virus

Speak with your child's pediatrician or primary care physician to see when your child should receive certain recommended immunizations.

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