Making sure that children of all ages receive all of their vaccinations on time, before the opening of school, is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure their child's long term health. Lori Schiffhauer, the community health nurse, for the Frederick County Health Department, says getting the full amount of required vaccinations will prevent children from contracting 19 diseases. "The DTaP that infants and small children receive protects against whooping cough, and the Tdap vaccinations that adult and college students receive also protect against Pertussis," said Schiffhauer.
The CDC says even though vaccine preventable diseases are very rare, outbreaks still happen. Preliminary data shows that through late July of 2012, more than 20,000 cases of Pertussis was reported in the country, and it resulted in 9 deaths, all in children younger than 1 year of age.