One of the most common questions parents ask us is “are vaccines safe for children?” The answer is “yes!” In fact, we believe that vaccines are necessary for children. They are only administered to children after being thoroughly evaluated by doctors, scientists, and a variety of healthcare professionals.
In addition, while they may lead to a bit of pain and discomfort for your son or daughter, this is minor and short-lived compared to what they may experience if they catch a disease that a vaccine may have been able to prevent. Also, side effects from vaccines are very rare. Here are several reasons why you should make vaccinating your child a top priority.
Vaccines Can Prevent Lifelong Damage to Your Child’s Body
Unfortunately, children are not immune from serious diseases. When they are younger, vaccines can protect them from conditions like chickenpox, measles, and pneumococcal disease. As they get older, they can reduce their risk of brain damage, kidney damage, deafness, and other diseases. Vaccines can protect your son or daughter from lifelong damage that these types of conditions often cause.
Vaccines Will Protect Your Child from Unsanitary Places
Think about the various places your child goes to every day. They may attend daycare, preschool, or elementary school. Or, a summer camp, community center, or the houses of friends and family. These places expose them to germs each and every day, making vaccines essential.
Vaccines Can Save Your Child’s Life
Believe it or not, vaccines have the potential to save your child’s life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinating children who are born between 1994 and 2018 in the United States will prevent 419 million illnesses, avoid 936,000 death, and save almost 1.9 trillion in total costs.
Vaccines Can Save You Money
Regardless of what type of insurance you have, having a sick child can get expensive very quickly. By being proactive about your child’s health through vaccinations, you can save a great deal of money down the road.
If you get your child vaccinated, you’ll also protect yourself and other family members and make your community a healthier place. Vaccines allow you to be proactive about your child’s health so they can enjoy the high quality of life they deserve.
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If you have any questions related to vaccinating your child, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!