Vaccines help prevent infectious diseases and save lives. Childhood immunizations are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).
While the US currently has near record low cases of vaccine-preventable diseases, the viruses and bacteria that cause them still exist. Vaccines prevent disease in the people who receive them and protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated individuals. Providing immunization in a medical home helps to ensure a strong family-professional partnership based on trust and mutual respect. This improves a clinicians ability to communicate effectively with families about the importance of vaccines and the timely immunization of children.
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Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and