Families across the United States are sending their young children back to school. School preparations are not limited to buying school supplies. Parents should make sure their children are up-to-date with vaccinations.

Vaccines are healthcare’s first line of defense. From polio to pertussis, rubella to rotavirus, vaccination has saved more lives than any other medical advance in recent history.

The scientific evidence is overwhelming -- there is no link between vaccines and autism. Most people are vaccinating their children on schedule, but the risk to the public is real even if just a few children are not vaccinated.

In 2014, 115,000 children died from Measles. That’s 13 children every hour, mostly under 5 years old, losing their lives to a vaccine-preventable disease.