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Caregivers & Families

Vaccinate for those you love and those you don’t even know.

We know that when it comes to keeping your family and those around you healthy, you have a lot of information to sort through. Immunize Nevada is dedicated to providing you with the evidenced-based information you need to make educated decisions about your family’s health, as well as the local resources to help you access vaccinations.

As a caregiver, you have a big responsibility to keep your family safe and healthy, but you also have tremendous power to protect those you love from dangerous and potentially life-threatening diseases.

Modern life means increased exposure risk

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health successes of the 20th century. Vaccines prevent people from getting sick and stop the spread of disease. People who are not immunized are at greater risk for contracting illness, as well as spreading disease to others. It’s important to remember that the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases still exist. Because of widespread travel, these diseases easily travel from city to city, state to state, and country to country, leaving the unvaccinated at great risk.

Why we need the herd

Vaccines are important for keeping our families healthy, but they also help improve the health of our communities — this is known as “herd immunity.” Herd immunity occurs when a majority of a community is immunized, inhibiting outbreaks, and limiting the spread of disease. Herd immunity protects those who cannot receive certain vaccines, such as pregnant women, infants, or those who are immunocompromised.

By choosing to vaccinate, you not only protect yourself, you protect those around you — both the ones you love and the ones you don’t even know.