12 Vaccines That You Should Not Miss For Your Children

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Vaccines are a hot topic among parents. Some parents believe that their child should be immunized on time, every time and do what they are supposed to, no questions asked. They believe there are vaccines that you should not miss for your children. Other parents vehemently decline vaccinations and believe that shots can trigger things like Autism. Then, there are the rest of us who fall somewhere in the middle.

We’re not doctors but we do believe, and it’s been proven, that kids need immunizations to protect them and everyone around them from contracting these illnesses that might not seem like a big deal now (because most of us have been getting vaccinated for our entire lives) but used to be fatal. We do our research and then we take our kids to get their vaccinations.

But what’s the point, you ask? Sure, Babies are born with protection against some diseases because antibodies were passed through the placenta to the baby from their mothers. After they’re born, some of us breastfeed to give the babies continued benefits of more antibodies in the breast milk. But the protection is temporary.

Immunizations are the way we create immunity to some diseases. We get shots of small amounts of a dead or weakened microorganism that causes the disease. The shots stimulate our immune system to react and fight the infection so if we ever catch that disease, our body knows what to do to keep us healthy. So it would stand to reason that not getting the vaccinations leaves us vulnerable to all of these diseases.

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