Health officials encourage the use of vaccines

By WEEK Reporter

April 29, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Doctors say one of the best ways to protect yourself from diseases like mumps, is with a vaccine.

Health professionals with the McLean County Health Department stopped by the Normal Public Library to spread that message Tuesday night.

An immunization specialist who suffered from polio as a child said sometimes people forget how bad vaccine preventable diseases can be.

"The diseases themselves can be really bad, they can have life-threatening side effects and no one wants that for their child," said Trish Cleary with the McLean County Health Department.

Cleary added that while no immunization is 100 percent effective in preventing the disease, a person who is not vaccinated is 100 percent at risk for getting that disease.