Jun 24, 2021
Why we vaccinate children
Vaccination is one of the greatest advancements in public health, saving hundreds of millions of lives in the past century. Highly effective and safe vaccines are available to prevent measles and other common childhood diseases starting at infancy, and a COVID vaccine is available now for kids 12 and older.
A Coverage series features the voices of parents, clinicians, and loved ones of those who suffered from illnesses that vaccines have since made rare, including measles, smallpox, polio and meningitis B. Their words offer a powerful reminder of the vital importance of vaccination.
Dr. Mary Brown, a pediatrician at Tufts Children’s Hospital, answers some of parents’ most common questions, including: Is the vaccine really safe for kids? Can it change my child’s DNA? And is it really necessary?