I don't think it's right that children are required to be immunized before starting school. It should be up to parents to decide.
It's tempting to think that kids don't need to be immunized against diseases we don't often hear about anymore, like polio and measles. But the reason we don't hear much about such diseases is because of widespread immunization against them.
Although they occur rarely, most diseases that can be prevented by vaccines still exist in the world, and today's ease of travel means an outbreak could occur anywhere. Not long ago, a measles outbreak caused many deaths in the United States, partly because some people never received protection against the virus as children. Immunizations are the best way to protect kids from these devastating diseases.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: January 2013
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|American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.|
|National Immunization Program This website has information about immunizations. Call: (800) 232-2522|
|Immunization Action Coalition This organization is a source of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization information as well as hepatitis B educational materials.|
|CDC: Pre-teen and Teen Vaccines CDC site provides materials in English and Spanish for parents, teens, pre-teens, and health care providers about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.|
|The History of Vaccines The History of Vaccines is an informational, educational website created by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest professional society in the United States.|
|Is the Flu Vaccine a Good Idea for Your Family? The flu itself generally isn't dangerous, but its complications can be. That's why it's important for you and your doctor to determine whether your family can and should get the flu vaccine.|
|Your Child's Immunizations Immunizations protect your child from potentially fatal diseases. Find out what vaccines your child needs to grow up healthy.|
|The Risks of Postponing or Avoiding Vaccinations Immunization is the best way to protect kids from preventable diseases. Yet some parents are skipping vaccinations - a risky choice could affect not only their kids' health but yours, too.|
|Immunization Schedule Which vaccines does your child need to receive and when? Use this immunization schedule as a handy reference.|
|How Do I Know Which Vaccines My Kids Need? Find out what the experts have to say.|
|Frequently Asked Questions About Immunizations Immunizations have protected millions of children from potentially deadly diseases. Learn about immunizations and find out exactly what they do - and what they don't.|
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