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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Stories about Vaccine Preventable Diseases

By April 27, 2012

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As National Infant Immunization Week comes to an end, this is a great time to read some stories about vaccine preventable diseases for a little reminder about why we encourage everyone to get vaccinated.

Vaccines save lives. For one reason or another, not every child gets vaccinated though. Some are too young. Others weren't offered a new vaccine.

I remember that my uncle got sick with polio a few years before the first polio vaccine became available. Although he was one of the lucky ones who survived, he was in the hospital for about six months and there were many times that the family didn't think that he would live.

Unfortunately, many other children don't survive when they get a vaccine preventable illness and these are their stories:

If you are going to make a decision to not vaccinate your child, especially in this day with rising cases of pertussis, measles, and other vaccine-preventable diseases, be sure to read these stories from parents who lost a child to one of these vaccine preventable diseases so that you don't later regret that decision.

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