Answers to Your Vaccination Questions
Mar 18, 2019
Vaccines are a big topic on social media and in the news. There is conflicting information about the value and safety of vaccines, making it difficult to know the facts. You likely have many questions about vaccines for you and your family…starting with Why Vaccinate?
The answer: Vaccines save millions of lives, and protect you and your family from serious infectious diseases that can cause disability and even death. And when you get vaccinated, you’re not only protecting yourself, but you are also protecting your community. If we have high vaccination rates in every community, we are able to keep diseases from spreading throughout the U.S. Learn more about community immunity and recent disease outbreaks in the United States.
Vaccines are also cost saving – to your family and to the country. When you get sick with a vaccine-preventable disease it can be very expensive, resulting in doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, and sometimes, premature death. Additionally, outbreak responses also take a lot of time, money and manpower. Through timely vaccinations, the U.S. saves billions of dollars.
Here at Vaccinate Your Family, we want to ensure that you have easy-to-understand answers about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that you and your family need. All of our information is science-based and we include links to many credible organizations including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and many more. To help you get the information you need, we have dedicated a section of our site to “Questions about Vaccines.”
In this easy-to-navigate section, we answer your questions about topics like:
- How vaccines work
- Vaccine safety
- Vaccine schedules and why children need to start vaccinations early
- Vaccine side effects
- Understanding vaccine science
- Vaccine records and Immunization Information Systems (IIS)
You may also be wondering about vaccination costs. How can you pay for the vaccines you and your family need? No one should skip vaccinations because they can’t afford them.
There are several programs available to families – people of all ages – in the United States who can’t afford to pay for recommended vaccines. On the Vaccinate Your Family website, we give you more information about those programs.
You can also find links to a variety of credible vaccination resources, including recommended immunization schedules for all ages.
Get answers to all your vaccine questions here.
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