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HHS HealthBeat (May 22, 2013)

Fourteen preventable diseases


HHS HealthBeat: Infant getting vaccinated.

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Kids need lots of things, and Dr. Yabo Beysolow of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can think of some that parents can arrange through their child’s health care provider. She says children can receive protection against 14 diseases before they are 2 years old, by vaccination.

“Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious. Some may require a child to be hospitalized. And some, unfortunately, can be fatal. When your child is not vaccinated, they are at risk for these diseases.”

Dr. Beysolow says most kids get at least some vaccinations; less than 1 percent of kids get none. Keeping up with the vaccination schedule takes some effort – notably, coordination with health care providers. But it’s worth it – anytime a kid gets off the schedule is a chance for the kid to get sick.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 2, 2013