The Importance of Vaccinations

Important Facts About Vaccinations

  • Immunizations prevent infections from spreading, which benefits both vaccinated and unvaccinated people
  • Immunizations reduce the number of deaths and disability from the infections that we immunize against
  • In order to attend school and day care in California, children must prove current immunizations (usually with an immunization record) of the following: two MMR, five diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (a three-in-one vaccine for whooping cough), varicella (chicken pox), three polio, three Haemophilus, three Prevnar and three hepatitis B vaccines (hepatitis A vaccine is strongly recommended, but not required)
  • It’s important to get immunizations regularly because immunities wane over time
  • Menactra is a new vaccine that protects against meningitis
  • Most vaccines have very mild side effects, such as minor soreness at the injection site or a low-grade fever; ibuprofen can be taken before the vaccination to help with this and an applied cold compress afterward can also give release
  • New booster is given at age 11 guards against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough, and protects into adulthood