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National Immunization Awareness Month: Vaccinations and your health

by Lauren Mandel and Adam Tock

It’s no secret that, over the past few months, immunization has been a regular news topic. First came the measles outbreak in California this past winter, which was later linked to Disneyland. Then just a few weeks ago, the U.S. experienced its first confirmed measles death in over 12 years. And that’s just one disease.

By the age of two, children are supposed to receive vaccinations to protect them from 14 different diseases. There are additional vaccine doses for children ages 4 to 6, and supplementary vaccines for children and adults of all ages.

However, more and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. Although this is a personal decision, sending unvaccinated children out into the world – into schools, daycare, playgrounds, and other public spaces like Disneyland – puts other individuals at risk of contracting dangerous diseases.

To illustrate just how important the measles vaccine and other immunizations really are, and to highlight the importance of National Immunization Awareness Month, we’ve created the below infographic with important statistics and information.

National Immunization Awareness Month

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