Smallpox. Polio. Tuberculosis. These are diseases we now only read about in text books. Eradicated nearly 200 years ago, smallpox was killing millions until scientist, Edward Jenner discovered that using cow pustules could create immunity in humans, essentially developing what would become the first vaccine.
Today, if vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedules, by age two, individuals can be protected from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough (pertussis) and measles.
This spring, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and global public health partners released a campaign for world immunization–a time dedicated to promoting the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against diseases and death.
In the past year, trips to the doctor for immunization were often missed or postponed due to COVID-19. Many have delayed these vital opportunities that are critical to keep our families healthy. The CDC recommends checking with your child’s healthcare provider to make sure your child is up to date on recommended vaccines.