We all want to make good choices and do what’s best for our children, ourselves and our community. Choosing to immunize your child is one of the most important decisions you can make. By doing so, you protect many vulnerable groups of people – such as infants, pregnant women and the elderly – from diseases that vaccines prevent.
It’s easy to overlook the benefits of vaccination when we rarely see people sick with the diseases that vaccines were created to prevent. But choosing not immunize a child involves risk that can affect other people. Oregon has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country1, which leaves communities open to a rise in preventable diseases such as measles2. Measles is a highly-contagious and serious disease. It was basically eliminated in the U.S., thanks to routine childhood vaccination, but has been on the rise again in recent years. From January 1 to June 6, 2019, there were 1,022 confirmed cases of measles in 28 states, including Oregon3. This disease poses serious risks for the most vulnerable members of our community.
Immunizing our children protects them and others we care about, including future generations. Your child’s provider can tell you if any routine shots are needed.