The Dirt Farmer Foundation’s Campaign: IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS

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The Dirt Farmer Foundation would like to invite you to join our "IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN" to protect our children, our families and ourselves from serious diseases and also prevent the spread of those diseases to others.
The goal of public health is to prevent disease. It's much easier and more cost-effective to prevent a disease than to treat it. That's exactly what immunizations aim to do. Immunizations protect us from serious diseases and also prevent the spread of those diseases to others. Over the years immunizations have thwarted epidemics of once common infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough. And because of immunizations we've seen the near eradication of others, such as polio and smallpox.

Some vaccines need to be given only once; others require updates or "boosters" to maintain successful immunization and continued protection against disease. Your immune system helps your body fight germs by producing substances to combat them. Once it does, the immune system "remembers" the germ and can fight it again. Vaccines contain germs that have been killed or weakened. When given to a healthy person, the vaccine triggers the immune system to respond and thus build immunity.

CHILDREN IMMUNIZATION Because proof of immunization is often a prerequisite for enrollment in school or day care, it's important to keep your children up to date on their vaccines. The benefit of doing so is that your children will be protected from diseases that could cause them serious health problems.
At one time or another, each of the diseases addressed by these vaccines posed a serious health threat to children, taking their lives by the thousands; today most of these diseases are at their lowest levels in decades, thanks to immunizations. It's important to keep your child's immunizations on schedule and up to date, but if your child misses a scheduled dose he or she can "catch up" later. The complete updated schedule of immunizations for children ages 0-18 can be downloaded from the CDC web site. ... HERE are 5 important reasons to vaccinate your child and find HERE the vaccines teens need before going back to school. The recommended immunizations for children 0-6 years are shown in the graphic below.

ADULTS IMMUNIZATION There are many reasons to get vaccinated: You may be at risk for serious diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. Many of these diseases (like influenza, pertussis, and shingles) are common in the US, and many can be spread easily. You may be at increased risk for complications from certain diseases if you have a chronic health condition or weakened immune system. Adults with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases. These complications can include long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death.

You can reduce the chance that you'll pass on a serious disease to your loved ones. Most vaccine-preventable disease can be contagious, like influenza, meningitis, and whooping cough. Receiving your recommended vaccines can reduce the risk that you get sick and spread disease on to others. And finally, You can help protect those who can't get vaccinated. People with certain medical conditions (like pregnant women or people undergoing cancer treatment) may not be able to get certain vaccines, but are very vulnerable to illness. Vaccines can help prevent the spread of contagious diseases to them. For example, newborns who are too young to get vaccinated for whooping cough are also most at risk of severe illness from the disease. In cases where the source is known, 4 out of 5 babies caught the disease from someone in the home - a parent, sister or brother, grandparent, or babysitter.

Adults born before 1978, but especially those born prior to 1958, may want to get a vaccination. Learn more about adult vaccines and find out which vaccines are recommended for you HERE. In addition, find HERE information about Immunization & Pregnancy,

There has been ongoing controversy surrounding certain vaccines and their relationship to autism. Some parents have been concerned that vaccines, specifically the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and preservatives used in other childhood vaccines, play a role in children developing autism. There have been a lot of false claims in the news. But thorough studies have found no link between vaccines and autism. Read some of these studies HERE and learn more about vaccines and autism concerns HERE. You might have heard outrageous things about vaccines that are NOT TRUE, for instance that they are toxic and MORE, find HERE some vaccines myths debunked.
SHOULD VACCINATIONS BE MANDATORY? Close to half of all babies and toddlers in the U.S. are not receiving their recommended vaccinations on time. Why are some parents choosing not to vaccinate their children? Should vaccinations be mandatory for the safety of everyone? Watch the Video below.


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