Vaccine Preventable Diseases:
Top Reasons to Get Vaccinated:
1. Vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t gone away.
The viruses and bacteria that cause illness and death still exist and can be passed on to those who are not protected by vaccines.
2. Vaccines will help keep you healthy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations from birth through adulthood to provide a lifetime of protection against many diseases and infections.
3. Vaccines are as important to your overall health as diet and exercise.
Like eating right, exercising, and getting regular screenings for diseases such as colon and breast cancer, vaccines are one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available.
4. Vaccination can mean the difference between life and death.
In the US, vaccine-preventable infections kill more individuals annually than HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, or traffic accidents. Approximately 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases in the US.
5. Vaccines are safe and effective.
Vaccines are among the safest medical products available. The potential risks associated with the diseases that vaccines prevent are much greater than the potential risks from the vaccines themselves.
6. Vaccines won’t give you the disease they are designed to prevent.
You cannot “catch” the disease from the vaccine. Some vaccines contain “killed” virus, and it is impossible to get the disease from them. Others have live, but weakened, viruses designed to ensure that you cannot catch the disease.
7. Young and healthy people can get very sick, too.
Infants and the elderly are at greater risk for serious infections and complications,but vaccine-preventable diseases can strike anyone. If you’re young and healthy, getting vaccinated can help you stay that way.
8. Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive.
Diseases not only have a direct impact on individuals and their families, but also carry a high price tag for society as a whole. An average influenza illness can last up to 15 days, typically with five or six missed work days.
9. When you get sick, your children, grandchildren, and parents are at risk, too.
A vaccine-preventable disease that might make you sick for a week or two could prove deadly for your children, grandchildren, or parents if it spreads to them. So when you get vaccinated to protect yourself, you’re protecting your family as well.
10. Your family and coworkers need you.
Each year, millions of adults get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases, causing them to miss work and leaving them unable to care for those who depend on them, including their children and/or aging parents. ( Top 10 List from National Foundation for Infectious Diseases)
VACCINE AND IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION LINKS
- CDC- information about immunizations throughout the lifespan provided by the Center of Disease Control.
- KDHE-school & childcare immunizations information provided by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.
- AAP-pediatric immunization policies and recommendations provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.