Love Them, Protect Them, Immunize Them.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The Pediatricians and Family Medicine physicians of MemorialCare Medical Group endorse the immunization recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Every child who can be immunized should receive the full complement of vaccinations on the recommended schedule.
There are 14 dangerous diseases, some potentially deadly, that can be prevented by immunizing our children. Mountains of reliable, independent studies show that vaccines are safe and do not lead to behavioral, mental or physical anomalies.
Herd Immunity - Protecting Everyone
The opportunity for the re-introduction of diseases increases exponentially when the number of unvaccinated people in any community dips below a certain critical level. As we have seen recently with Whooping Cough (Pertussis) and the Measles, when immunization rates are low, just one infected person can start a modern-day epidemic. For very young babies, pregnant women, older adults, and children and adults who for medical reasons cannot be vaccinated, it becomes important for others to be immunized to help protect them. This is called “Herd Immunity.” As a flock of sheep or a herd of cows will surround the most vulnerable of their herd to stave off predators, that’s what we as a community must do for our most at-risk members. The more people vaccinated, the lower the risk of spreading the disease.
For more information about immunizations including links to reliable resources and other useful information, visit our Parent Portal. Watch for the launch of our informative YouTube video featuring pediatrician, Marnie Baker, MD, MPH, and our upcoming live Twitter Chat with Matthew Coulson, MD.