Immunizations (also called vaccinations) are a set of shots and drops given to infants and children at different ages to help keep them from developing dangerous childhood diseases.
Making sure your child receives immunizations when scheduled is the best way to help protect your child.
Immunization is the key to preventing disease among the general population. Vaccines benefit both the people who receive them, and the vulnerable, unvaccinated people around them, because the infection can no longer spread. In addition, immunizations reduce the number of deaths and disability from infections.
Vaccinations not only protect your child from deadly disease, but they also keep other children safe by eliminating or greatly decreasing dangerous diseases that used to spread from child to child.
A vaccine is a dead, or weakened version, or part of the germ that causes the disease in question. When children are exposed to a disease in vaccine form, their immune system, which is the body’s germ-fighting machine, is able to build up antibodies that protect them from contracting the disease if and when they are exposed to the actual disease.