Measles cases are rising in the Philippines with the Department of Health (DOH) declaring outbreaks in five regions; many parents have decided to not to vaccinate their children. St. Clare’s Medical Center has seven reasons you should have your children vaccinated.

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about parents deciding not to vaccinate their children. The staff at St. Clare’s Medical Center highly recommends having your children vaccinated on a schedule set by your pediatrician.

Here are seven reasons to have your children vaccinated.

  • This is the best way for your children to be healthy and avoid contracting a serious illness.
  • Vaccinations are safe and effective. Each vaccine is vigorously tested by scientist, doctors and the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure that it is safe.
  • Vaccines prevent serious illnesses that can cause brain damage, hearing loss, loss of limbs, paralysis and even death.
  • Vaccines have dramatically reduced the number of severe illnesses in the Philippines. If your child is not vaccinated, they can become seriously ill when traveling to – or when encountering someone from – a country that does not vaccinate.
  • While vaccines have decreased the number of cases of serious illness – including mumps, measles and whooping cough – these illnesses are not eradicated and can result in hospitalization or death.
  • Vaccinating your children also protects others who you care about including, friends, other children, and grandparents.
  • Serious disease outbreaks occur when a large number of parents decide not to vaccinate their children.

If you have questions about the effectiveness of immunizations or would like to have your child vaccinated, contact your pediatrician or call St. Clare’s Medical Center at 831-6511 and we’ll help you find a pediatrician.