There’s no vaccine for life’s everyday annoyances.

But there are vaccines for life-threatening illnesses like measles, HPV and whooping cough.

Before one of these diseases invades your world, prevent them by getting vaccinated, encouraging your friends and family to get vaccinated and, if you have kids, getting them vaccinated too.

Vaccines make your loved ones and your community safer. Because they work. But only if you get vaccinated.

The top offenders
Measles

Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing.

 

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the rash appears.

Whooping Cough

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease.

 

Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After cough fits, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths, which result in a “whooping” sound. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old.

HPV

HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Each HPV virus in this large group is given a number which is called its HPV type. HPV is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer.

 

Men and women can get cancer of mouth/ throat, and anus/rectum caused by HPV infections. Men can also get penile HPV cancer. In women, HPV infection can also cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar HPV cancers. But there are vaccines that can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.

WHOOPING COUGH

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Early (first 1-2 weeks)

  • Runny or stuffed-up nose
  • Persistent mild cough
  • A pause in breathing in babies

Later (after 1-2 weeks):

  • Spasmodic coughing fits
  • Vomiting

WHOOPING COUGH CAN LEAD TO …
Babies younger than one year old may develop:

  • Pneumonia
  • Seizures
  • Brain damage

Since 2010, up to 20 babies have died each year from whooping cough in the United States.

 

HOW TO AVOID IT

  • Children should get five doses of DTaP for best protection, one each at the following ages: two months, four months, six months, 15-18 months, 4-6 years
  • Pregnant women should get a Tdap shot in their third trimester
  • Up-to-date immunization for anyone who will be in contact with your baby

RESOURCES

MEASLES

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Fever
  • Runny nose and red eyes
  • Cough
  • Full-body rash

MEASLES CAN LEAD TO …

  • Pneumonia
  • Brain damage
  • Deafness
  • Death

HOW TO AVOID IT

Get your child two doses of the MMR shot:

  • One at 12 – 15 months old
  • One at 4 – 6 years old

Infants 6 – 11 months old should have one dose of the MMR shot before traveling to another country

 

 

 

 

 

HPV

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Abnormal pap smear

HPV CAN LEAD TO …

  • Cancer
  • Infertility

HOW TO AVOID IT

  • Two shots (six to 12 months apart)
    of HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
  • Practice protected sex

RESOURCES

OTHER CANCERS CAUSED BY HPV

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  • Penile Cancer
  • Vulvar and vaginal cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal cancer

HPV

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Abnormal pap smear

HPV CAN LEAD TO …

  • Cancer
  • Infertility

HOW TO AVOID IT

  • Two shots (six to 12 months apart)
    of HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
  • Practice protected sex

RESOURCES

OTHER CANCERS CAUSED BY HPV

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  • Penile Cancer
  • Vulvar and vaginal cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal cancer
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