Keeping your kids healthy and protecting them from serious diseases includes getting them immunized. Infants and children are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases, but Doctor Craig Batterman with the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says vaccines have a great success rate.
Children should be vaccinated for diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, polio, chicken pox, mumps and measles. Those entering 6th and 9th grades in Illinois next year must show proof they've received the Tdap vaccine. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to attend school.