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Importance of Immunizations

Summary: Children starting school this fall will need to make sure their vaccinations are up to date.
Air Date: 8/14/15
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Chadd K. Kraus, DO, DrPH, MPH
chad krausChadd K. Kraus, DO, DrPH, MPH, is an emergency physician for Emergency Resource Management, Inc. (ERMI), an affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Western Pennsylvania. He is an ACEP Spokesperson, serves on the ACEP Clinical Data Registry Committee, and was a member of the Cost-Effective Care Taskforce that developed ACEP's Choosing Wisely® recommendations.
Importance of Immunizations
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immunization is considered to be one of the greatest public health achievements of the last two centuries.

Today, vaccines can help to protect against 14 diseases before age two. But, vaccines are not just for infants. Many parents know to vaccinate their children when they are younger, but some parents may not know there are vaccines that are also recommended for older children. In fact, the CDC recommends up to nine vaccines for older children and adults.

The recent 2015 outbreak of measles that began at Disney World spread to 14 different states and infected many. This encouraged California to pass a law where families can't opt out of getting a vaccine due to personal beliefs.

Why is it important to understand the benefit of immunizations?

Dr. Chadd Kraus shares the importance of immunizations and why you might want to get a vaccine this year.