Vaccination Nation: 20 Facts Every Parent Must Know About Keeping Your Child Immune From Disease
Immunization saves an estimated 2 to 3 million kids every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles; however, according to the World Health Organization, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if global vaccination coverage improves.
School vaccines are a right of passage for nearly every parent and student. As the diseases we’re vaccinated against have become less of an issue, childhood vaccinations have become more controversial for some in the anti-vaccine movement who worry about potential side effects of such systemic immunization. It’s vital for moms to be armed with the facts about how to keep our kids safe and healthy and protected against those pesky bugs lurking in the shadows.
Here’s what every parent needs to know about school vaccines.
1. Stay on Schedule
From birth through adulthood, immunizations must be given on a schedule that’s kept consistent with 100% follow-through. The CDC has printable schedules to help you stay on track and up-to-date.
2. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program
If you’re worried about the cost of so many trips to the doctor, the federally funded Vaccines for Children (VFC) program offers no-cost vaccines based on financial need.
3. Know Your State Requirements
School vaccination requirements are different in every state and are subject to change as laws are updated so make sure you know which ones your child will need this year. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) has everything you need to know about your state’s laws.
4. Vaccines Save Lives
In 2014 USA Today reported, “Vaccines given to infants and young children over the past two decades will prevent 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.”