Vaccines save 2-3 million lives each year. Wherever children are not vaccinated, their lives and their communities are at risk.
What are vaccines?
- Vaccines are shots and drops that protect against serious diseases.
- Medicine helps people get better when they are sick. Vaccines prevent people from getting sick in the first place.
- Most vaccines are given to babies because it is easy for babies to get sick, but most vaccines protect for life.
- Each vaccine protects against a particular disease so it is important to get all shots.
How do vaccines work?
- Vaccines protect your child against dangerous diseases.
- Vaccines protect against diseases by mimicking an infection to activate body’s natural immunity.
- Most childhood vaccines require multiple doses to produce strong immunity to disease and may require periodic booster doses to counteract waning immunity