The Importance of Vaccinations in Preventing Diseases

Vaccination, a cornerstone of medicine, remains important in preventing disease today. Though many viruses have been eradicated, two major viruses that still infect the U.S. today are influenza and whooping cough, dangers of which are underestimated. Babies and children are at higher risk for these viruses, and unfortunately once the virus takes hold, there aren’t many medicines available to treat it. Dr. Elaine Cox—Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician at IU Health and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine—discusses how vaccination is the key to not only protecting infants, but also generations to come.

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The Importance of Vaccinations in Preventing Diseases

Vaccination, a cornerstone of medicine, remains important in preventing disease today. Though many viruses have been eradicated, two major viruses that still infect the U.S. today are influenza and whooping cough, dangers of which are underestimated. Babies and children are at higher risk for these viruses, and unfortunately once the virus takes hold, there aren’t many medicines available to treat it. Dr. Elaine Cox—Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician at IU Health and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine—discusses how vaccination is the key to not only protecting infants, but also generations to come.

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