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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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Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Travelers often neglect to consider the vaccines they may need before heading out of the country. #vaccineswork https://t.co/wt45Gnly8J
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Nearly all parents realize importance of STDs/drugs/sleep deprivation on teen health.Only 80% say #vaccines imp. https://t.co/WthKCHRTiH
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For those looking to weigh potential harm vs benefits: #Vaccine Adverse Events: Separating Myth from Reality https://t.co/iIPbVKcAey
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There's an overwhelming amount of scientific data showing #HPV #vaccine to be safe & effective.@palmd explains here: https://t.co/0VEsCPBR0V
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Dr. Sears #vaccine schedule is not alternative. It's non-standard, completely arbitrary, not tested & dangerous! https://t.co/mvnJBmXNMP
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#Vaccines can prevent #HPV infections that can lead to genital warts or deadly #cancer of cervix, anus or genitalia… https://t.co/p66vIKJp4f
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If #ACA reform ends up eliminating the Prevention & Public Health Fund, this is how your state will be impacted: https://t.co/iiy14SfIdu.
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5 babies w/ #measles in IL. Communities where lot of parents have decided not to #vaccinate are ticking time bombs.… https://t.co/avs7iMuwdd
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What we say matters. When drs use language that assumes patients want #HPV protection they get higher vax rates.… https://t.co/hDHVuUVvWH
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MN working to dispel #vaccine myths during #measles outbreak by sharing factual science & evidence-based research. https://t.co/cUaO7ZzAHz
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Most adults know they need #vaccines but don't get. Study says mproving adult vax rates as simple as nudge from Dr. https://t.co/6glnvr25cq
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Hepatitis A cases continue to rise in Michigan. Between Aug '16 & June '17 there've been 190 cases, 10 deaths. Thi… https://t.co/QvTFBULKrG
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Budget cuts to CDCgov & repeal of ACA may mean families will loose access to #vaccines w/o copays or deductibles https://t.co/T2Iw37Y1D7
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No surprise here: Drop in public health funding spurs rise in contagious disease via @SeaTimesOpinion https://t.co/Vzn0nPoHoT
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The mosquitoes that carry #Zika, dengue, chikungunya & yellow fever more common in U.S. than previously believed. https://t.co/hEiblqGVVo
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Congress wants to save money; @EveryChildBy2 explains that we can save billions just by getting adults vaccinated. https://t.co/2NLCkKHzbP
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Amy Pisani of @EveryChildBy2 speaking to Congress on value of #vaccine programs & funding via Facebook live https://t.co/m5JOOI9QKy
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Dr. Wierdermann @childrenshealth explains herd immunity is critical; but different for different communities & diff… https://t.co/I0zeWEzhe0
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Dr. Widermann from @childrenshealth sharing another story w/ Congress, this one of unvaccinated child w/ #mumps. https://t.co/VoJ15Hv7Rz
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One case of #measles in child @childrenshealthresulted in 119 visitors & 84 patients exposed incl 16 infants too young to be vaccinated.
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Expert panelist from @childrenshealth now sharing powerful personal stories of #vaccine preventable diseases at Con… https://t.co/Sivp5uZIB7
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Pediatricians asking for help in advocating for #science based #vaccine policies on Capitol Hill today via expert panelist @LanreFalusi
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Expert panelist @LanreFalusi; a #tweetiatrician working hard to educate Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill about… https://t.co/L3Xw3chZqe
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Next panelist @LanreFalusi of @AAPNews speaking at Congressional briefing; helping explain #vaccine myths vs facts.… https://t.co/LREk0dV3rU
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Congressional briefing: FDA only licenses a #vaccine if proven safe, effective & benefits outweigh risks. VAERS, VSD & CISA monitor safety
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In today's Congressional briefing @CDCgov panelist explains that the U.S. has one of the most robust vaccine safety… https://t.co/WopFdEPrRX
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Panelist from @CDCgov explains to Congressional members that #Vaccines for Children program is cost saving AND life… https://t.co/E6AJG9y1yN
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Panelist from @CDCgov explains to Congressional members that #Vaccines for Children program is cost saving AND life… https://t.co/qqm4BZRMYz
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Panelist from @CDCgov explains to Congress that we've seen decrease in VPDs thanks to #vaccines, still 15,737 cases of pertussis in 2016.
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Tune in to hear @EveryChildBy2 deliver critical #vaccine messages to legislators via FB Live 3-4pm at https://t.co/q5T5NsSSe1
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Excited to be part of expert panel alongside @CDCgov @LanreFalusi @ChildrensHealth talking to Congress about childhood #vaccines at 3pm.
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Heading to Capitol Hill as a panelist to declare that #vaccineswork but only when funded by healthcare bills!
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RT @AmerAcadPeds: The #CBOScore states what we already know, the US Senate health care legislation will not #KeepKidsCovered https://t.co/3
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Tamara's daughter nearly died from pertussis. Yrs later she discover her sister's role in saving her daughter's life https://t.co/MC8VnH0hXK
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Tamara's daughter nearly died from pertussis. Yrs later she discover her sister's role in saving her daughter's lif… https://t.co/02tsLQIYtn
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Before you send your kids off to #camp consider several diff #vaccines that can protect them from dangerous illness. https://t.co/K2hNxIGqL1
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Yrs ago whooping cough nearly took the life of Tamara's daughter. Today maternal #vaccines help prevent infant case… https://t.co/kAdWLE1qi4
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Outbreaks help change minds. Prior to MN #measles outbreak administered appr 500 MMR #vaccines/week since outbreak about 3,000/week #ACIP
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Update on MN #measles cases at #ACIP: 78 cases (of which 71 unvaccinated), mostly 1-4 yrs old, 21 hospital admissio… https://t.co/acZUS7rlr2
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Travelers be aware- shortages in yellow fever #vaccine thru mid 2018 resulting in Stamaril being imported to address shortage. #ACIP