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Have you put off getting vaccinations for you or your child lately? Are you avoiding the doctor’s office for fear of being exposed to COVID-19? If so, you’re not alone. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a drop in vaccinations during a one-month period early in the pandemic. Compared with the year before, doctors ordered 2.5 million fewer doses of vaccines for children.
But is it a good idea not to get vaccinations? In a word, no. Without them, you are more likely to get many other dangerous diseases. And you may need more complex care if you get COVID-19 and another disease at the same time. Now more than ever, you should get your vaccines.
If you’re off schedule, get back on track. Ask your health care provider for any vaccines that are due or late. That way, you and your children will be protected from diseases that can be serious or even deadly. Here’s why vaccines matter at any age.
Keeping Young People Safe
Babies, children, and teenagers need vaccines to protect them from more than 12 different diseases. Without immunizations, these diseases might lead to:
- Severe illness
One example? Whooping cough (pertussis). Anyone can get whooping cough, but babies younger than 1 year old are more likely to get very sick. Around half of these babies end up in the hospital. To help keep them healthy, babies should start getting vaccinated for this disease when they are 2 months old.
Some adults don’t know that vaccinations are important for them, too. Every year, tens of thousands of adults in the U.S. get sick from diseases they could have avoided by getting vaccinated. But that doesn’t need to happen to you.
Vaccines give you peace of mind, and can even save your life. They also keep you from giving a dangerous disease to someone else. By getting your vaccines, you protect people such as the young, the old, and those who don’t have a strong immune system.
It’s wise to make good choices about where you go these days. But keep visiting your doctor’s office for vaccinations. Vaccines play a crucial role in keeping you and your family healthy.