Vaccines are essential to protecting children against serious and sometimes deadly infectious diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella, and whooping cough. The vaccinations not only protect the vaccinated child but also contribute to a larger umbrella of protection known as “herd immunity.” This helps prevent the spread of disease to those who cannot be vaccinated, including newborns who are too young to be vaccinated, and people with compromised immune systems, who cannot effectively develop antibodies to fend off disease.
This week is #InfantImmunizationWeek. In a new statement, NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., details the importance of childhood vaccinations. Read the statement here at: https://www.niaid.nih.gov/