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Being a parent is a big responsibility with many decisions about how to best protect your children, such as how to baby proof the house and when to switch to a booster seat. However, not all threats to your baby’s safety are visible. Diseases like measles, mumps, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough) are still threats in today’s world, even in the United States, and babies and young children can be the most vulnerable victims of these serious, life-threatening diseases. But they don’t have to be.

Thanks to our nation’s successful and longstanding vaccination program, you have the power to protect your baby from dangerous diseases. The best thing you can do to prepare your baby for a healthy life is to learn the facts about vaccinations. In this section, you can learn:

VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES

Personal Stories

Joseph Marotta - A Flu Story

A Mother’s Plea: Don’t Let Flu Steal Your Healthy Child. As parents, we do everything we can to protect our children. We buckle them into their car seats, make them wear their bike helmets, hold their hand while crossing the street, and even get them their recommended childhood vaccinations. But what about getting our kids the flu vaccine? Sadly, only about 42% of adults and 60% of children received their annual flu vaccine last season. As a mother who lost her healthy, five-year-old son, Joseph, during the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009, I want to do everything I can to ensure no other child dies from flu…

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Claire Noelle - A Pertussis Story

I’m a Pediatrician and I Gave My Daughter Pertussis. While I was pregnant, I spent a whole lot of time researching strollers, but failed to take any time to get a vaccine that could have prevented my baby from getting a life threatening illness. And I am a pediatrician. I, of all people, should have known better. Because of this, it is now part of my mission to make sure that the families that I take care of do know better…

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