Immunizations help protect infants, children, and adults against many infections that used to be much more common.
- Examples include tetanus, diphtheria, mumps, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), meningitis, and polio.
- Newer immunizations protect children and adults against other types of meningitis, pneumonia, and ear infections.
Many of these infections can cause serious or life-threatening illnesses, and may lead to lifelong disabilities. Because of immunizations, all of these illnesses are now rare.
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