Vaccines Protect Our Kids and Our Communities

February 11, 2015 7:52 PM

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Vaccines Protect Our Kids and Our Communities

A recent multi-state outbreak of measles has reignited national discussion about the importance of childhood vaccines. As a pediatrician, I am saddened that childhood diseases like measles are making a comeback. I have witnessed firsthand the debilitating impact that now-preventable infections can have on kids.

When I was a pediatric resident in the early 1980s, I cared for many children who were gravely ill as a result of Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib) infection. "H. flu" was once the most common cause of bacterial meningitis (and acquired intellectual disability) in children younger than age 5. But,...

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