Infants and children ages Birth to 6 years need vaccines to protect them from dangerous infectious diseases. These diseases can cause serious complications and possibly death in babies and children who are not immunized.
Thanks to vaccines, many infectious diseases that were once common in the United States have been controlled and in some cases erradicated. Recent outbreaks of pertussis and measles show that vaccines are still important. Today, immunized infants and children are much less likely to experience serious diseases such as polio, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella, mumps, tetanus, and varicella (chicken pox) due to vaccination efforts.
Vaccines help prevent infectious diseases and save lives. By immunizing on time, you can protect your baby or child and also protect others at home, school, or daycare.