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April 11, 2019

Vaccines: Five Great Reasons to Vaccinate


Get the facts about vaccines in Indiana.

Protecting your children from many illnesses is easy with the right information and resources. And getting your little one vaccinated is one big way to do it! Vaccinations can make a huge impact in the health of your family and others.

In Indiana, income-qualifying families can get free vaccines for kids. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Vaccines are very safe.

Vaccines have been around for many years and have been studied for effects for a long time too. When you take your little one to the doctor, know that vaccination is the product of long and careful work by scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals.

2. They prevent serious diseases.

A vaccine will involve a little discomfort and pain. Sometimes, redness or tenderness can happen too. However, the discomfort is minimal compared to the pain and trauma of the serious diseases vaccines prevent.

Did you know there are 14 vaccine-preventable diseases you can protect your child from before the age of two?

3. Serious side effects are very rare.

Getting vaccinated, like any medication, may cause some side effects, like soreness, fussiness or a low-grade fever. But these side effects usually only last a few days. The benefits of vaccination are much greater than possible side effects for almost all children!

4. You can protect future generations.

Vaccines reduce many diseases — and have even made some go away. Some of these diseases killed or disabled people not too long ago. For example, your children don’t have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists. If we continue vaccinating, parents in the future may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children.

5. You can protect others you care about.

Some babies are too young to be protected by vaccination. And others may not be able to receive certain vaccinations, due to allergies or weakened immune systems from conditions like leukemia. Make sure your family is fully immunized and help keep people safe!

In Indiana, child care providers that accept CCDF vouchers and child care ministries are required to maintain and annually update immunization documentation for each child. All children cared for in the facility must complete age appropriate immunizations, unless they meet exception criteria.


1) What vaccines does your child need? Childhood Vaccine Assessment Tool

2) Vaccines for Children Program — VFC program is a federal program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay.

3) Vaccination Safety for Breastfeeding Mothers

4) Travel and Vaccines

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