Article: Association Between Undervaccination With Diphtheria, Tetanus Toxoids, and Acellular Pertussis (DTaP) Vaccine and Risk of Pertussis Infection in Children 3 to 36 Months of Age. Through a matched case-control study of patients age 3 to 36 months, it was found that under-vaccination with diphtheria, tetanus toxoids, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine increases the risk of pertussis. As children age 3 to 36 months cannot be fully vaccinated, it is important to immunize those around them such as parents, grandparents, and caregivers.
Blog: A Voice for Vaccines
Real-life example for how vaccination protected a family.
While attending the preschool class party, Karen Ernst’s son played with a classmate who was, unbeknownst to Karen, contagious with chicken pox. Following the party, the infected child fell ill as they were not vaccinated but Karen was glad she had her family vaccinated against the disease. Vaccination not only protected her son in school, it protected her newborn son whom was too young to be vaccinated. Had her newborn contracted chicken pox, the results could have been fatal.