Vaccination Awareness

Why Get Vaccinated for Measles Infographic
Why Get Vaccinated for Measles

Did you know that 36 million cases of measles have been prevented since the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1963? Take a look at our infographic for more information about how measles spreads and how you can do something to prevent that from happening.

As physicians at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics, we know that the development of childhood immunizations has been one of the most remarkable advances of science and medicine in the last 150 years. As parents, we have immunized our own children to protect them from 16 potentially harmful diseases. And as community members, we advocate for immunization of all children so that all are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases that can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or can be deadly.

We encourage you to learn the facts about immunizing your children. Before immunizations, about 4 million children each year were infected with diseases that are now preventable — and each year about 30,000 children died. In the United States 98 percent of these cases have been eliminated due to our immunization practices.

Through this Community Benefits Initiative, we strive to increase awareness of the substantial health benefits of immunizing your children and to increase the immunization rate in our community.

Are you an expectant mom? Read our blog post about why you should get the whooping cough vaccine.

What you need to know. Read our experts' blog about the measles outbreak.

2014 Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old

The CDC provides an easy-to-read vaccination schedule for children from birth to 6 years old.

Download it here >>

Learn Why You Should Immunize Your Child

The Primary Care Center at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Children’s Community Pediatrics strongly believe that every child should have access to a primary care pediatrician for sick care and well care including immunizations.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile visits several Allegheny County communities on a regular basis to provide care to children who may not currently have access to a pediatrician.

Learn More About Immunization

To learn more about why you should immunize your child, we encourage you to speak with your child’s pediatrician. Here are some other helpful links:

Our Experts

Michael Green, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Marian Michaels, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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