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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
So encouraging to see so many #vaccine advocates who participated in #MarchforScience https://t.co/fV4rsdeuU6
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Our @CDCgov #NIIW Blog highlights 5 things parents can learn from @ShotofPrev blogger & mom of 5 https://t.co/EkElWlwerU #ivax2protect
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If you're at #MarchforScience, stand for #vaccine science! Let's hear you chant "We're here! We're loud! We're immu… https://t.co/YZZQD763oK
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Today is Nat'l High 5 Day! It's also 1 of the last days to join our #VaxChant Challenge before #MarchforScience 4/2… https://t.co/XluIP2m3uY
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Jaime's ready for the #MarchforScience w/this #VaxChant : "On health & science we convene! We are marching for vaccines!" #VaccinesWork
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Taking some of the most popular submissions from our #VaxChant Challenge & sharing them as posters for… https://t.co/T6uc76eViy
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Keep those #VaxChants coming for #MarchforScience: "Vaccines work. Vaccines save lives. Science says to immunize!"… https://t.co/cUMPwQO6Kw
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
Today is Nat'l High 5 Day! It's also 1 of the last days to join our #VaxChant Challenge before #MarchforScience 4/2… https://t.co/qIHX4vbgOH
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
What will your #VaxChant be for #MarchforScience? How about "Eat your apples and your beans, but don’t forgot life-saving #vaccines!"
Amy Pisani @ EveryChildBy2
#VaxChant Challenge continues: "I Got No Spleen, So I get My Vaccines" #VaccinesWork #MarchForScience
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"From Infants to Teens – my family gets timely vaccines!" #VaxChant Challenge #MarchForScience
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Join our #VaxChant challenge. RT @JoshCox77: Yo parents, use your head- vax your kids so they don't end up dead https://t.co/msoDqF0D1U
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Vaccines are safe. How do we know? There are 4 separate surveillance systems that tell us so! #VaxChanthttps://t.co/zjg9YqBVnP
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Love this #VaxChant from Caryn on our FB pg. "The people, injected, will rarely get infected!" #MarchforScience https://t.co/SfViuIJ0j9
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Love this #VaxChant for #MarchForScience from Ithaca is Immunized: "We're here! We're loud! We're immunized and proud" #vaccineswork
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RT @DrNancyM_CDC: #DYK many states post local vaccination coverage reports online? Find out the rates in your area: https://t.co/DIjud9Shr6.
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Jaime joined the #VaxChant Challenge in preparation for the #MarchforScience. She chants "2, 4, 6, 8, Everybody vaccinate!"
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Vaccine safety is a priority. In the US #vaccines undergo 5 phases of research that can take up to 15 yrs b4… https://t.co/qc1XllD7ur
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With disease outbreaks on the rise, this #vaxchant sums it up: "Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Vaccine exemptions have got to go." #MarchforScience
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@ChelseaClinton You make our cofounders, the unstoppable Betty Bumpers & Rosalynn Carter proud! #vaccineswork
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Real threat to Nat'l security is 18% budget cut to NIH, 28% to depts that prevent disease outbreaks & much more. https://t.co/n8kfpG5mfq
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