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Vaccinatela is a public education campaign that was launched by the Los Angeles County of Health. The purpose of Vaccinatela is to educate parents and caretakers about childhood vaccinations. They encourage parents to take action on this important issue and make sure they vaccinate their loved ones against serious diseases.

To figure out what vaccinations your child needs, you can visit the site’s list or check with their school. They are usually required to be up-to-date on all vaccinations at the start of a new school year. This is something to keep in mind as your kids gear up for back to school. It is not something to overlook because your children are more susceptible to diseases like pertussis.

Yes, immunization is your choice, but do your own research when deciding on this important health issue. Vaccinations are critical in protecting your kids because they are the best protection available against many serious diseases. Children are exposed to many more health risks than we are as adults and the vaccine schedules recommended by doctors protect them when they’re most at risk of disease (like back-to-school).

Vaccine protection heavily outweighs any vaccine risk. Vaccine side effects are minor and go away within a few days. Generally, mild side effects may include: [From Vaccinatela]

  • Pain, redness, tenderness or swelling at injection site
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Itching at injection site
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Mild rash

Why should you vaccinate your child? The main reason you should vaccinate your children is to protect them from serious diseases such as measles and polio, and to prevent diseases from spreading in your community!

Children under 5 are extremely likely to have health issues if they contract diseases that could easily be prevented through vaccines and vaccines keep serious diseases from coming back.

We’ve included a video backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and celebrity Amanda Peet. Brought to you by

Children’s immune systems are not strong enough to fight off infection. Children can also easily pass disease and infection to their classmates and communities so it’s not just putting your child at risk but could affect others.

Follow @VaccinateLA on Twitter to stay updates on the latest vaccination news and discuss your thoughts and opinions. Also check for free flu shot clinics in your area!

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