Immunizations Save Lives

By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., ACCESS Media Relations Specialist
August 23, 2018

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and it is the perfect time to understand why vaccines are the safest and most effective way to prevent many diseases and keep you, your community and your children healthy. According to the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases, around 50,000 adults each year die in the United States from vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that more than 43,700 new cases of diseases that could be prevented by immunizations were reported in the United States.

ACCESS believes that one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health is getting them vaccinated.

Nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States every year. Timely immunizations, before age 2, are vital for protection against potential exposure to 14 life-threatening diseases, which include:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Whooping Cough
  • Pneumococcal Disease
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

Vaccinations have reduced the prevalence of many serious illnesses in the United States. And although rare, outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to persist throughout the world.

Immunizations are one of the safest, most effective methods of disease prevention. ACCESS recommends calling your doctor to ensure your children are protected.

"Vaccines safeguard against the spread of infection, which benefits the community and public health," said Daneen Woodard, M.D., ACCESS Regional Medical Director. "Together, we can wipe out vaccine-preventable diseases and protect future generations."

Visit our website to find your local ACCESS health center and schedule an appointment to update vaccines for your child or children.