We live in incredible times.  We’ve passed the midpoint of the second decade of the 21st century and our children and grandchildren could likely live into their 90s and beyond.  In no small measure, we can help our children and their progeny lead long, healthy, productive lives by making sure children are vaccinated.  A few years ago I wrote about the pertussis (or whooping cough) outbreak in Brooklyn and this past week near our own community there was a Measles outbreak.   Let’s bring this issue into 20/20 focus with the facts on vaccines.

Vaccines for Children? Absolutely – No Question 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published impressive numbers demonstrating the efficacy of vaccinating against childhood diseases that don’t have to exist.  In 2014 the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) celebrate 20 years of protecting children in America and they are still gone strong. Given today’s resources –vaccinations and antibiotics, combined with world-class sanitation systems – we enjoy increased rates of survival with multi-generational families.  We might sound like a broken record, the truth is vaccines save lives.

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“Thanks to…(vaccines), children in our country are no longer at significant risk from diseases that once killed thousands each year,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH.  “Current outbreaks…in the U.S. serve as a reminder that these diseases are only a plane ride away. Borders can’t stop…(diseases), but vaccinations can.”   See full AAP and CDC recommended vaccines here Immunization Schedule Updated F

Health care provider vaccinating 6 months baby

If you have any questions about getting vaccinated for measles or any other disease, please do not hesitate to contact our office and make an appointment.  Total Family Care of the Five Towns & Far Rockaway can be reached at (718) 868-4808.

As always, daven

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