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"Vaccinations prevent infections before they occur," says Dr.
"Childhood diseases, once thought to have been eradicated, such as measles, mumps, rubella and whooping cough, are making a resurgence in the
Overall adult vaccination rates are also lower than desired, according to the
"Vaccinations are one of the biggest advances that we've had in public health - more than all the antiviral treatments antibiotics," says Bhide. "Vaccines, in general, are very safe, very effective, and they protect against life-threatening illnesses.
"The best thing that you can do for you and your family is to protect yourself. See your doctor. See when it's appropriate for you to be vaccinated for all of these vaccine-preventable illnesses."
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