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We have record or near-record low levels of vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States, but that does not mean these diseases have disappeared. Many of the viruses and bacteria that cause illness still circulate in this country or are only a plane ride away. That’s why it’s important that children, especially infants and young children, receive recommended immunizations on time. Vaccines also protect teenagers and adults to keep them healthy throughout their lives.
This section provides information about the diseases you can prevent with vaccines. Each disease has its own page, with three tabs:
Last reviewed: March 2011