Why Children Need Shots

  • DTaP/DT/Td/Tdap prevents three diseases:  Diphtheria which can cause fever, chills and a blocked windpipe;  Tetanus, known as Lock-jaw causes breathing problems, extreme pain and often leads to death;  Pertussis, known as Whooping Cough causes severe coughing and pneumonia.
  • HepB prevents Hepatitis B infection which can cause inflammation of the liver.  Hepatitis B can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.
  • HepA prevents Hepatitis A infection which can cause inflammation of the liver.  Hepatitis A is caused from contaminated food and usually people get over it without complications.
  • Hib prevents Haemophilus Influenza B disease which can cause meningitis, pneumonia and other serious infections.
  • Influenza prevents seasonal flu which can cause pneumonia, and death can occur from complications of getting the flu.
  • MMR prevents three diseases:  Measles, which can cause pneumonia, deafness, and brain damage;  Mumps which can cause deafness and inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord;  and Rubella which can cause birth defects in unborn children.
  • IPV prevents Polio which can cause fever, muscle pain, crippling and death.
  • VZV protects against Varicella Zoster Virus, or chicken pox, which can cause fever, skin lesions and other serious complications.
  • PCV protects against seven types of Pneumococcal disease in young children that can cause sickness and death. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis.
  • Rotavirus vaccine protects infants from the rotavirus that causes high fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.  The vomiting caused by rotavirus can be frequent, persistent, and severe.
  • Gardasil (HPV) vaccine protects females between the ages of 11 - 26 years old from the human Papillomavirus that causes 70% of cervical cancers and about 90% of anal and genital warts.
  • Menactra (Meningitis) vaccine protects adolescents ages 11 through college age from meningitis.  Meningitis infects the bloodstream, lining of the brain and spinal cord (causing meningitis).