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NNii is committed to providing parents with the most up-to-date, scientifically valid information on immunizations. This section contains easy-to-use information on each of the 13 recommended childhood vaccines, the recommended childhood immunization schedule, tips on using the Web as a source of immunization and health information, links to other helpful sites, and an image gallery of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Why Immunize?
Immunization is one of the most important ways to protect individuals and communities against serious infectious diseases and their consequences. Widespread immunization has virtually eliminated many serious diseases — such as polio, measles, meningitis caused by haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), congenital rubella, diphtheria, and smallpox — that were once responsible for millions of infections and thousands of deaths each year.

Evaluating Info on the Web
While the Internet is a valuable source of information on immunization, making sure that the information you find isn't false or misleading can be difficult. To help you judge the accuracy of information on the Web, NNii has developed some tips to consider when surfing the Net. Some include: Who's the source? What's their purpose? Is the site regulated?

Image Gallery of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Since the widespread use of childhood vaccinations began, diseases that were once leading causes of death and disability in children seem to have disappeared. In truth, they still exist and will again emerge if people do not continue to immunize their children. While many of us do not remember measles, mumps or polio, these pictures show what devastating effects of these illnesses can have.

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