Staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines helps families protect their children from the most serious illnesses. Vaccines offer effective protection from the major infectious diseases. Because children are especially vulnerable to infection, most vaccines begin in their first year.
Dr. Craig Batterman, assistant professor of pediatrics at SIU School of Medicine, says children starting school are required to have specific vaccinations.
Vaccines are responsible for small pox being eradicated and for diseases such as polio, measles and rubella to nearly disappear as a public health threat in the U.S.