Importance of Immunizations - Topic Overview
immunized is important for at least two reasons: to
protect yourself and to protect those around you. A successful vaccination
program depends on the cooperation of every person.
Improved sanitation, hygiene, and other living conditions have
created a generally healthier environment and reduced the risks for disease
exposure and infection in the United States. However, the dramatic and
long-term decrease of diseases is primarily a result of widespread
immunizations throughout the U.S. population.
Even though some diseases, such as
polio, rarely affect people in the U.S., all of the
recommended childhood immunizations and booster vaccines are still needed.
These diseases still exist in other countries. Travelers can unknowingly bring
these diseases into the U.S. and infect people who have not been immunized.
Without the protection from immunizations, these diseases could be imported and
could quickly spread through the population, causing epidemics. Nonimmunized
people living in healthy conditions are not protected from disease; only
immunizations prepare the immune system to fight the disease organisms.