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Why immunize your child? | Print |

Vaccines were developed to protect individuals from dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Vaccines are safe and effective, and such diseases are still a threat.

If your child is not immunized:

  • your child will be left at risk of catching the disease
  • your child will be a threat to others
  • your child at times must be kept out of school or child care

During disease outbreaks, unimmunized children may be excluded from school or child care until the outbreak is over, both for their wn protection and for the protection of others. This causes hardship for the child and parent.

A child without the immunizations affects not only the health of our child, but also the rest of your family, the health of your child’s friends and their families, classmates, neighbors, and community. 

  • Children who are not immunized can transmit vaccine-preventable diseases throughout the community.
  • Unvaccinated people can pass diseases on to babies who are too young to be fully immunized.
  • Unvaccinated people pose a threat to children and adults who can’t be immunized for medical reasons. This includes people with leukemia and other cancers, HIV/AIDS and other immune system problems, and persons receiving chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or large doses of corticosteroids.
  • Unvaccinated people can infect the small percentage of children whose immunizations did not “take.”

Please discuss any concerns you might have about immunizations with a trusted healthcare provider or call the Fulton County Health and Wellness Immunization Clinic near your home.


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