11 doctors weighed in:

Why should I get my child vaccinated for diseases that are not common where we live?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: People move around

Americans are a very mobile people.
We travel to many places in our lifetimes. Also, tourists and workers from all over the world come to our communities. Thus, children should be vaccinated for serious and/or very contagious diseases, even if such diseases are not here at the moment.

In brief: People move around

Americans are a very mobile people.
We travel to many places in our lifetimes. Also, tourists and workers from all over the world come to our communities. Thus, children should be vaccinated for serious and/or very contagious diseases, even if such diseases are not here at the moment.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
Thank
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: SAFETY !!

A famous movie line is " do you feel lucky today?" these diseases are rare because we do immunize.
They are not extinct. Because of increased mobility in the world there are outbreaks with complications including death occurring. The outbreaks tend to occur in areas where children are less immunized. By not safely immunizing, we gamble with the chidren's health. Do you feel lucky?

In brief: SAFETY !!

A famous movie line is " do you feel lucky today?" these diseases are rare because we do immunize.
They are not extinct. Because of increased mobility in the world there are outbreaks with complications including death occurring. The outbreaks tend to occur in areas where children are less immunized. By not safely immunizing, we gamble with the chidren's health. Do you feel lucky?
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
Thank
2 doctors agree

In brief: They are uncommon...

...Most probably because most of your neighbors are smart enough to vaccinate their children against them. If you choose to forgo these immunizations, better hope your neighbors continue to protect you by making better choices.
Of course, this won't help you if you go somewhere else.

In brief: They are uncommon...

...Most probably because most of your neighbors are smart enough to vaccinate their children against them. If you choose to forgo these immunizations, better hope your neighbors continue to protect you by making better choices.
Of course, this won't help you if you go somewhere else.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Thank
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Why vaccinate???

We now live in a global world.
While you may not be in an area that has polio, a person from that area may visit our country, your church, your community. Then, if your child is not vaccinated, the are susceptible to the disease. Also, your child may someday be an international ambasador to some great foreign country where these diseases still exist, and you want them to be immune!

In brief: Why vaccinate???

We now live in a global world.
While you may not be in an area that has polio, a person from that area may visit our country, your church, your community. Then, if your child is not vaccinated, the are susceptible to the disease. Also, your child may someday be an international ambasador to some great foreign country where these diseases still exist, and you want them to be immune!
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes
Thank
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Better safe than sry

Many diseases aren't common because we vaccinate-- once populations decrease vaccination rates, diseases come back (see pertussis now in california, or measles in the uk.
) also, just because a disease is not common doesn't mean it's not there at all. The vaccines are much, much safer than getting the disease.

In brief: Better safe than sry

Many diseases aren't common because we vaccinate-- once populations decrease vaccination rates, diseases come back (see pertussis now in california, or measles in the uk.
) also, just because a disease is not common doesn't mean it's not there at all. The vaccines are much, much safer than getting the disease.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Thank
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Your civic duty

The idea of being a responsible member of a community may not be popular nowadays, but having your children immunized maintains herd immunity and prevents epidemics from beginning.
With the return of diseases thanks to anti-vaxxers, there is a huge public backlash against this. Be responsible. I know you don't your kid to make an entire school sick -- and this is what happens.

In brief: Your civic duty

The idea of being a responsible member of a community may not be popular nowadays, but having your children immunized maintains herd immunity and prevents epidemics from beginning.
With the return of diseases thanks to anti-vaxxers, there is a huge public backlash against this. Be responsible. I know you don't your kid to make an entire school sick -- and this is what happens.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Thank
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: International travel

As long as a disease exists somewhere in the world your kid is at risk.
These diseases can spread while someone is incubating them (no symptoms).Infected people can get on a plane & travel to your city & be in your grocery store/mall the next day.By the time you realize your kid has been exposed, it may be too late and they will suffer the consequences.Believe what you wish,the risk remains.

In brief: International travel

As long as a disease exists somewhere in the world your kid is at risk.
These diseases can spread while someone is incubating them (no symptoms).Infected people can get on a plane & travel to your city & be in your grocery store/mall the next day.By the time you realize your kid has been exposed, it may be too late and they will suffer the consequences.Believe what you wish,the risk remains.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Board Certified, Pediatrics
13 years in practice
838K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors