There are many reasons why health care professionals recommend
immunizations and we’ve summarized them on this fact sheet.
- Immunizations are one of the most important ways people can be
protected against serious, preventable infectious diseases.
- Immunizations are extremely safe as a result of advances in
medical research and ongoing review by doctors, researchers, and public
- Immunizations are recommended for infants, young children, the
elderly, and those with chronic health problems because they are
particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases.
- While small risks accompany every immunization, people are far
more likely to be seriously harmed by vaccine-preventable diseases than
by the recommended immunizations that prevent them.
- Medical advances have resulted in the availability of
additional safe and effective vaccines. Now, people can be protected
against a greater number of serious preventable diseases.
- Immunization benefits not just the individual, but also the
community. Communicable infectious diseases spread among people who have
not been immunized, and among the small percentage of people for whom
the immunization may not have been fully effective.
- Immunizations work by strengthening the body’s own immune system.
- While breastfeeding and vitamins have health benefits, they do
not replace the benefits of vaccines in preventing infectious diseases.
- Without immunizations, the diseases we are now protected from
could easily return to infect, disable, and even kill, many infants,
children, and adults.
See this fact sheet in PDF (23K) format.