A Doctor's Perspective: How to Help Protect Yourself and Your Family Against Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses

September 5, 2014 9:48 PM

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A Doctor's Perspective: How to Help Protect Yourself and Your Family Against Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health accomplishments, and they have led to the significant reduction of several infectious disease in the United States. However, in recent years, vaccination rates have decreased, and vaccine-preventable illnesses are making a comeback. [1] In the United States, for the period Jan. 1 - May 23, 2014, cases of measles have reached a 20-year high. [2] Children and adults are being diagnosed with pertussis (otherwise known as whooping cough) at alarming rates throughout the country. [3] And as of August 2014, nearly 500 cases of mumps have been associated with community outbreaks in Ohio. [4]

As kids are heading back to school, it is extremely important for parents to check that their kids are up to date on their immunizations. Vaccinating your child is one of the best things you can do to help protect him or her from serious diseases. [5] An analysis recently published in Pediatrics con...

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