Pediatric Care: The Importance of Immunization

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Ever since Edward Jenner introduced the smallpox vaccine, vaccinations have become invaluable to saving children’s lives. Immunizations became mainstream in the United States in the last hundred years in an attempt to lower infant and child mortality rates, which were very high, due to certain diseases like diphtheria and the measles.

Today, pediatricians immunize their patients as a preventative practice. There is an important reason for immunization schedules–to give children a healthy foundation for their immune systems and to allow their ...

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