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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
RT @DrNancyM_CDC: Hear this pediatrician & parent explain why she recommends #HPV vax for boys & girls age 11-12. https://t.co/LhfaPXgz2U
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The power of data: @healthmap disease surveillance data helps explain the mystery of the rise in #mumps cases https://t.co/io0jFACggV
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Can a new powered rotavirus vaccine save 100,000 children each year? via @NPR https://t.co/A0fujkA6xF
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As #healthcare & #budget #reform cont on the #Hill people must contact legislators to emphasize value of #vaccines https://t.co/sdkk9PGE3f
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Kids need #flu vaccine every yr. Life got busy. Vaccination fell off priority list. Then Caroline nearly died. https://t.co/IiMz197EcU
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RT @NYTHealth: Rotavirus kills about 600 children a day. A new vaccine could do a better job of controlling it. https://t.co/X7PxZ0ySJz
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Study shows #shingles #vaccine 57% effective in preventing pain in 3 yrs post vaccination. Get vaccinated at 60+.… https://t.co/IslBrFGMzD
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You never know where measles is lurking. CA resident w/ #measles exposes others at 2 different medical facilities.… https://t.co/q8GVb0XUmW
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Getting vaccinated while #pregnant is critical in protecting both Mom & baby from #flu & #pertussis. #VaccinesWork https://t.co/rruLuthcuf
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Dr @AHalladayASF: #vaccine #autism myth perpetuated by celebrities & politicians is distraction from real science https://t.co/ZU1MAJj2uB
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RT @bylenasun: Trump budget proposes new federal emergency fund proposed to respond to public health outbreaks. https://t.co/swiqyfzKax
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Ever wonder if #flu vaccines are effective for kids under 2? Well, they are! Thanks @pedsgeek for all the data at https://t.co/kcs4dY2cvj
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HHS Sec suggests #vaccine mandates should be decided in state. Time for public to make voices heard at state level https://t.co/K99pOQEwHD
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RT @bylenasun: Proposed cuts to HHS budget would send spending to lowest levels in almost 2 decades. https://t.co/lXA4u5jaaG
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Study shows the reasons parents give for not getting their kids the #HPV #vaccine seem to be changing over time. https://t.co/dcnvO59ymG
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Colorado childhood immunization rates have risen from 50% in the 1990s to 75% today, but still room for improvement. https://t.co/jVqLK1AejI
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FDA Committee selects 2017-2018 Influenza #vaccine strains. Backs@WHO recommendations https://t.co/N1WSLGOxbc #Flu
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Another informative article from @DrPaulOffit in @thedailybeast. This week explaining recent #mumps outbreaks. https://t.co/CXxbYWm9wu
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Relieved Trump's FDA pick agrees #vaccine - #autism theories have been thoroughly debunked & it's time to move on. https://t.co/0jzCoI9Zng
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This year's #flu season: it's not over till it's over & it's not over! Sadly 48 kids have died so far this season! https://t.co/WTZXYr1C6v
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Should parents know the vaccination rates at their kids' schools. This editorial writer from TX believes so! https://t.co/86r9guom6T
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TY @nphic for sharing our #StateoftheImmUnion Report. Hoping lots of public health advocates will download at https://t.co/X6lxswLyW5
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If we want to save $ boosting #vaccine uptake is a good place to start! More details in our #SOTI report at… https://t.co/hwf3BGGaC6
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Anyone whose had #shingles can tell you how painful it us. Vaccination rates are low & racial disparities also inte… https://t.co/dSv74Uhq8T
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RT @DrNancyM_CDC: Ob-gyns & midwives: Don’t carry Tdap in your office? See CDC’s tips for making a strong vaccine referral. https://t.co/NJ
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RT @DrNancyM_CDC: #Clinicians, when you talk w/ parents about #HPV vaccine, which vaccine message resonates best with parents?
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RT @sarahdespres: How much do #vaccine preventable illnesses cost us? A lot! TY to @EveryChildBy2 for this report https://t.co/RTn5oGZnSB
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.@POTUS can save by investing in #vaccines. Preventable diseases cost $578mil a yr https://t.co/N8jsiLGdMOhttps://t.co/osTBKOToHe
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Our #StateoftheImmUnion Report highlights key challenges we must address for optimal public health.… https://t.co/dCGOguUs4R
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Our #StateoftheImmUnion report sent to Congress to help address nation's top public health threats.… https://t.co/5B3KtUuhWa
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Special report on #StateoftheImmUnion sent to Congress re monetary/societal value of #vaccines.https://t.co/qGa3I12JAx
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Only 2% of Americans refuse #vaccines but this tiny group may be creating public health problems that impacts us all https://t.co/qsmXAXONwZ
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RT @DrNancyM_CDC: CDC’s #PreteenVaxScene Webinar series now all online. Find recordings to past webinars at: https://t.co/BkbA5hfGDj.
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The fact that #HPV is associated w/ sex is keeping parents from protecting kids from deadly HPV-related cancers. https://t.co/eBDoj9kTKZ
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KS bill requires kids get meningitis #vaccine. Hoping will help improve low 60% vax rate in #Kansas kids 13-17. https://t.co/swrdFm4GXl
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RT @sabinvaccine: A3: Cost of new vaccine intro is rising and countries need to be able to support themselves upon Gavi graduation. #Immuni
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Hoping for good news re: Marian HS student in #NE who has been hospitalized w/ #meningococcal disease. https://t.co/56fjtVceFS
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Study says Coloradans spent $35.4 mil in 2015 getting treated for diseases that could've been prevented by #vaccines https://t.co/z7e1zbMlRf