Facts for Parents: Diseases & the Vaccines that Prevent Them

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Some diseases that are prevented by vaccines, like pertussis (whooping cough) and chickenpox, remain common in the United States. On the other hand, other diseases are no longer common in this country because of vaccines. However, if we stopped vaccinating, even the few cases we have in the United States could very quickly become tens or hundreds of thousands of cases.

Learn more about the 16 diseases that can be prevented with vaccines, as well as the benefits and risks of vaccination.

For Parents of Infants and Young Children (birth through 6 years old)

For Parents of Preteens and Teens (7 through 18 years)

Page last reviewed: March 31, 2016