The Savvy Patient - Immunizations: A Child’s Front-Line Defense

Failing to vaccinate children puts them at risk to a host of dangerous, preventable diseases

In this week’s installment of The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Savvy Patient” column, Scripps Health provides insight on childhood immunizations.

According to a recent study by the National Immunization Program, more than one in three children may be “under-vaccinated” for more than six months during the first two years of their lives, putting them at increased risk for highly contagious diseases.

Immunizations expose children to a minuscule, safe amount of a virus or bacteria, which the immune system quickly learns to recognize as an invader and defends the body against future attacks.

Read the full article: Immunizations: A child’s front-line defense

For current immunization schedule recommendations, please visit the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website at

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