The CDC estimates that vaccination of children born between 1994 and 2021 will prevent 472 million illnesses, help avoid 1,052,000 deaths, and save nearly $2.2 trillion in total cost to our society.
Today’s U.S. vaccination schedule is the best approach to protecting children from serious infections as early in life as possible. The overall aim is to provide early protection for infants and children against vaccine-preventable diseases that could endanger their health and life. The U.S. schedule is based on a careful review of the scientific evidence by a committee of distinguished physicians and researchers, known as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP schedule ensures that infants, children, adolescents, and adults get vaccines at time points when they are vulnerable to infection and when there is solid evidence that the vaccines will protect and is safe for the people who will get them. Multiple medical organizations have all been consulted on and approved the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) childhood immunization schedule. These groups warn against delays, as there are no benefits to delaying vaccination. In fact, delays can cause harm by increasing the time a child remains vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. There could also be added expenses (e.g., multiple office visits), additional time off from work for parents, and the increased likelihood that the child will fail to get all necessary vaccinations.
At the Macon County Health Department, we carry all childhood and adult immunizations to help protect you and your family from these vaccine-preventable diseases. They are diseases like measles, polio, meningococcal, and
whooping cough that are a threat to your family but that threat can be easily reversed with the correct immunizations. As your vaccine experts in the community, our nurses and staff are here to make choosing immunizations for your child to be easy and the choice you feel comfortable with.
Many childhood immunizations are required to attend school in Missouri, the Macon County Health Department has these immunizations to help your school year start without delay. We have immunizations for those who are insured and uninsured to make them affordable and available to everyone who needs them. Call for an appointment at 660-395-4711 or request an appointment online.