"I'm breastfeeding, so my child doesn't need vaccines, right?"
"Most of those diseases aren't around anymore, so I don't need to vaccinate my child."
"It's just chicken pox. You don't need a vaccine for that."
PARENTS - Immunization is one of the most important things you can do to keep your child safe. Don't let common misperceptions about vaccines, like the ones above, keep you from being fully informed about the lifesaving benefits of immunization.
Immunization is considered one of the most significant health achievements of the 20th century. Over the years, vaccines have saved millions of lives and prevented hundreds of millions of cases of life-threatening and debilitating diseases.
But such high levels of success can only be sustained if we continue to vaccinate our children and ourselves. Immunization not only keeps you and your child healthy; it protects the health of your community and of future generations.
Each year, keep in mind that August is National Immunization Awareness Month. So as you're making your mental list of all the back-to-school things to get done, be sure to add "immunizations" to the very top of the list. Check with your child's doctor to find out what vaccines he or she may need before school starts, and take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the CDC's recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents, and for getting caught up on immunizations if they've fallen behind.
And don't forget the immunizations for you! Even if you were vaccinated as a child, there are a number of vaccines that require boosters. So talk with your doctor about staying up-to-date on your immunizations.
Looking for more information? Check out these other immunization resources.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Academy of Pediatrics
Immunize North Carolina
Child Immunization Support Program
National Network of Immunization Information
World Health Organization
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
American Academy of Family Physicians
Every Child By Two
Vaccinate Your Baby
Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases