About The Diseases
Are any of the diseases becoming more common?
Yes. Because of lower vaccination rates and more accessible worldwide travel, some vaccine-preventable diseases are making a comeback. In other countries where the health-care system is not as developed, some vaccine-preventable diseases that are not common in the United States are still prevalent and pose a threat to Americans through travel and immigration.
Can my child’s immune system handle these diseases by itself?
It’s possible, but it’s not guaranteed. Every child’s… Read More >>
Are any of these diseases a cause for concern?
Yes, they can be. Infection from many vaccine-preventable… Read More >>
Where have there been outbreaks? (World, U.S., VT)
View an interactive map of disease outbreaks across the world. Learn… Read More >>
How many people catch vaccine-preventable diseases in a typical year?
Below is a table of the number of cases of infection of vaccine-preventable… Read More >>
What is a disease outbreak?
A disease outbreak happens when a disease shows up in greater… Read More >>
How are diseases spread from person to person?
Vaccine-preventable diseases spread in a variety of ways,… Read More >>
Can my child actually catch these diseases in Vermont?
Yes. For example, in recent years Vermont has seen a surge in… Read More >>
What is whooping cough?
Whooping cough, which is also called pertussis, is a very serious… Read More >>
What is tetanus?
Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is an infectious disease of … Read More >>
What is rubella?
Rubella, which is also called German measles, is a disease … Read More >>
What is rotavirus?
Rotavirus causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach… Read More >>
What is polio?
Polio is an incurable infectious disease caused by a virus … Read More >>
What is pneumococcal disease?
The Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria can cause four types… Read More >>
What are The mumps?
Mumps is caused by a virus that’s spread through coughing… Read More >>
What is meningococcal disease?
Meningococcal disease can refer to any illness that is caused… Read More >>
What is measles?
Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that grows… Read More >>
What is influenza?
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused… Read More >>
What is hib?
Hib disease is a group of serious illnesses caused by the bacteria… Read More >>
What is hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a contagious disease that affects the liver.… Read More >>
What is hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis… Read More >>
What is diphtheria?
There are two types of diphtheria: respiratory (which affects… Read More >>
What is chickenpox?
Chickenpox is a very contagious, viral disease that causes… Read More >>