Immunizations are now available for a variety of viral and bacterial diseases and are directly responsible for the diminished incidence of diphtheria, polio. whooping cough (pertussis), rubella (German measles), rubeola (red measles), tetanus, mumps, and now chickenpox. It is the responsibility of the parent to secure these immunizations. Eradication of most of these diseases is possible when there is a lack of susceptible hosts in the population. Therefore it is important to immunize your child not just for his benefit, but also to further protect others from infections he might otherwise spread.
Disease eradication is possible, as evidenced the disappearance of smallpox, but widespread cooperation is required. The personal benefit is also great, as effective treatment for many of these diseases does not exist. Prevention is best. Vaccines, however beneficial, are not perfect, and many have minor side effects, and rare risks. Your doctor will go over all of this with you before the immunizations are given.
*No pain relievers to be given before immunizations
Vaccine Information Statements
A Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) is a one-page (two-sided) information sheet, produced by CDC. VISs inform vaccine recipients — or their parents or legal representatives — about the benefits and risks of a vaccine. The law requires that VISs given out whenever certain vaccinations are given.