Adopted May 2015 – Revised August 2020 – Health & Community Concerns Commission

California State PTA believes in the importance of preventing and eliminating factors that may be detrimental to the health, safety and well-being of all children, youth and families.

Recognizing that any circumstance that interferes with a child’s potential to become a healthy, educated, productive, citizen places that child at risk, California State PTA believes prevention programs are vital. California State PTA believes that vaccination is a proven deterrent to diseases that in previous generations have impacted large numbers of children annually.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinations throughout childhood are essential to help provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.  Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.

Parents worry that giving too many vaccines too soon may overwhelm a baby’s immune system.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies are exposed to many more antigens every day than what they will get in the vaccines. Antigen exposure happens every time they eat, play on the floor or put a toy in their mouth.

Although infants do receive a lot of shots, they are given at the time babies are most at risk of illness and serious complications from disease.  The diseases that immunizations prevent are very serious and can cause liver damage, heart disease, or hearing loss, all of which can last a lifetime, or even death.  Vaccines are well studied to make sure that it is safe to give them all at once.  Today, most children in the United States lead much healthier lives and parents live with much less anxiety and worry over infections during childhood. Immunizations are one of the success stories of modern medicine.

California State PTA believes that all children, with the exception of those who are medically vulnerable, must receive the prescribed vaccinations in the age-appropriate timeline, in order to protect themselves, their families, their communities, and medically vulnerable children.

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