A Parent’s Guide to Immunizations

Immunizations help protect children from dangerous diseases and reduce the spread of disease to others.

It’s always better to prevent a disease than have to treat it later on, which is why immunizations are so important. We can thank vaccines for the control of smallpox, polio, measles and other infectious diseases that were once common in the United States as well as countries around the world.

Why Are Vaccines Important?
If unvaccinated children are exposed to a disease, their body may not be strong enough to fight it. That is why vaccines help prevent severely sick children, doctor’s visits, hospitalizations and premature deaths. Immunizing children also helps protect the health of others because vaccines reduce the risk of spreading disease.

The cost of immunization is far less than the cost of treating disease, and vaccines have been found to have very few serious side effects. Written proof of vaccinations from a medical professional is usually necessary for children to enroll in school or daycare.

Vaccine-Preventable Infections
These are just a few of the many infections that can be prevented by vaccination:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus

Visit Oak Hill Hospital’s Immunization Guidelines for Children for a complete list of immunizable diseases as well as a recommended childhood immunization schedule. For additional immunization information, contact the Center for Disease Control’s CDC-INFO Center at (800) 232-4636.

The Pediatric Emergency Care Center at Oak Hill Hospital offers age-appropriate care with child-sized equipment in an “ouch-less” environment. Learn more about the Pediatric Emergency Care Center here or contact us by phone with your non-emergency questions. Call (352) 596-6632 in Hernando County or (352) 628-6441 in Citrus County.

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