Childhood Immunizations Keep Kids Safe
When we take our kids to the doctor, there is often hesitation or fear when it comes to immunizations. Let’s be honest, nobody likes the anticipation of seeing a needle or feeling the prick in their arm. However, research shows that immunizations work and prevent death worldwide.
How to Encourage Childhood Immunizations
As parents and guardians, it’s important for us to keep our children and community protected from various diseases by ensuring that your child sees their provider for well-child visits and recommended immunizations.
These visits are essential and help children stay healthy. Children who are not protected by immunizations are more likely to get diseases like measles and whooping cough. These diseases are extremely contagious and can be very serious, especially for babies and young children. In recent years, there have been outbreaks of these diseases, especially in communities with low immunization rates.
Schedule an appointment today to keep your child safe from preventable illnesses and diseases. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Facts About Immunizations
Here are a few global statistics about immunizations:
- Four million deaths worldwide are prevented by childhood immunizations every year.
- 51 million deaths can be prevented through immunization between 2021 and 2030.
- By 2030, it is estimated that:
- Measles immunization can save nearly 19 million lives.
- Hep B immunization can save 14 million lives.
- 1 in 5 children globally do not have access to essential immunizations.
- Lack of access to immunizations leaves children at risk of death, disability, and illness from preventable diseases.
- In 2021, global immunization coverage dropped to 81%, the lowest rate in over a decade.
- 25 million children under the age of 1 year did not receive basic immunizations through routine immunization.
- This is 6 million more than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019.
- 18 million “zero-dose” children did not receive any immunizations, the highest reported number since 2005.
- Almost all zero-dose children live in low- and middle-income countries, primarily in Africa and South-East Asia.
- 11 million, or 62%, live in just 10 countries.
- Approximately 11 million under and unvaccinated infants live in fragile or conflict-affected countries.
Click here to read more: https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/immunization/data/fast-facts.html