For 75 years, March of Dimes has supported stronger, healthier families through research, education and vaccines.1,2 In honor of this milestone, Sanofi Pasteur and March of Dimes are working together on the
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From ensuring children are up-to-date on their vaccinations to keeping your baby out of the sun, there are plenty of parenting facts and myths as well as advice that get passed on from generation to generation.
Why? Doctors do not recommend smoking for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant as exposure to smoke during pregnancy can lead to limitations in mental functioning.4
Why? Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. By getting the right health services, screenings and treatments, parents are taking steps that may help their children's chances for live healthier lives.5
Why? In addition to helping to protect your children from serious diseases, vaccines help to reduce the number of susceptible individuals who can spread dangerous diseases throughout the community.6
Why? According to medical professionals, hand hygiene is one of the most important steps one can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.7
Why? Vaccination doesn't stop at childhood. It's important for adults to be vaccinated too.3 When adults vaccinate themselves against preventable diseases, they are less likely to contract serious illnesses and pass them on to their family.3,6
As a parent, vaccinating your child is one of the best things you can do to help protect your family from serious diseases. But infants and children aren’t the only ones who need vaccines. Adults never outgrow the need for vaccination.3
Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes new information about the adult immunization schedule.3 Download this graphic to view some of the latest recommendations for adults.
Meet the Teeters Lamothes, a loving family who had close relatives affected by polio. Jill, a mother of a healthy five-and-a-half-year-old son, and her family want to spread the word about how important vaccines are to help keep families healthy generation after generation.
Meet the Fleming family. They have a family history of polio and want to encourage all mothers to learn more about the importance of vaccination. Because her family witnessed the consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases firsthand, Nikki believes that vaccines are a testament to modern medicine and that prevention is a gift.
Cassie Springer’s mother, Jan, contracted polio when she was a young girl, during a time when there was no polio vaccination. And when Cassie became a mother, she lost one of her daughters, Ella Rose, due to complications related to prematurity. Both Cassie and Jan strongly believe that parents should do everything in their power to keep their children safe and healthy, including getting them vaccinated.