The Importance of Childhood Vaccination
With the advent of a variety of effective childhood vaccinations, we now have very low rates of many of once deadly childhood diseases. However, they haven't completely disappeared. The bacteria and viruses that cause them are still around—in the United States and elsewhere in the world—so it's extremely important that children are properly vaccinated.
A number of these vaccines are given in combination. As noted earlier in this section, MMR is a vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella. DPT is a vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus. Flu, hepatitis A and B, polio, and chickenpox vaccines are also available to prevent against those diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the following is the recommended childhood immunization schedule.
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