Vaccinations: A Shot in the Arm for Good Health
It's important to keep your family's immunizations, also called vaccinations, up to date. Vaccines can prevent very serious illnesses. Many diseases that were once fatal are almost unheard of now, thanks to vaccinations. In addition, many vaccinations are required for entry into school. Vaccinations for both adults and children include shots to prevent these diseases:
- Chicken pox
- Measles, mumps, and rubella
- Polio (often given in a drink instead of a shot)
- Whooping cough
Many vaccinations are meant to be given at specific ages throughout a lifetime. Check with your child's doctor and your own doctor about when you and your child should be vaccinated.