Why are Immunizations So Important?
Immunizations – especially childhood immunizations – are commonly regarded as the most important public health achievement of the last century. They have saved countless lives and prevented disease and lifelong disability for millions of others. Only a few decades ago, many of the diseases which can now be prevented by childhood immunizations commonly resulted in children being hospitalized, dying, or suffering from health complications for the rest of their lives. Now, without immunizations, many of the diseases which we are now protected against can make a comeback, and that’s why it’s so critical that we continue to immunize people against these diseases.
All parents want to give their child the best start in life and getting your child immunized is one of the first major decisions you have to make as a parent – especially since there are no effective alternatives. The decision to immunize your child is also vital to keeping our community safer and healthier as a whole.
Immunizations are also important for adults, particularly adults over the age of 65. Often, adults are not aware of the health benefits and protections that certain immunizations can provide.
Unfortunately, there is a good deal of confusing, conflicting, and outright incorrect information regarding the safety of childhood immunizations. That’s why it’s critical to remain skeptical of what information you read or hear about, check out where it came from, and see if it’s supported by additional sources. We want patients to know the facts, that’s why all the information on this web page has been checked and verified by physicians and infectious disease experts.
Call (505.955.9454) Southwest Care Center today to start the conversation about whether immunizations are needed to protect your health or the health of your child.