Why are immunizations important?
- Vaccines help reduce disease: Some diseases, such as polio, are becoming incredibly rare in the United States primarily due to vaccinations.
- Vaccines help eradicate disease: It is important to continue immunizing until the disease is completely eliminated. Otherwise, the risk for spreading disease is still threatening.
- Diseases would spread if we stopped vaccinating: If we stopped vaccinating, diseases that are almost unknown would return and spread. This could lead to an epidemic where many people would get sick and die.
- Vaccines protect the future: Vaccines protect both our current and future generations. By continuing to vaccinate, we are able to eradicate disease, such as smallpox, so future generations do not have to continue immunizing.
What you should know about vaccines…
- Vaccines help protect us from serious diseases throughout our life. Thousands of people get infected with diseases every year in the United States. While some people recover, others face complications, and in some cases, death. Vaccines are the best way to protect against preventable diseases. Immunizations are recommended for children as well as adults, and different vaccines should be administered based on a variety of factors.
- Outbreaks of preventable diseases still happen in the United States. While vaccines have lowered the spread of harmful germs, these germs still exist and can lead to outbreaks. For example, these diseases can be picked up by travelers and spread to friends and family. Getting vaccinated can help prevent outbreaks.
- Vaccines protect children before and after birth. Getting vaccinated while pregnant can help prevent the spread of disease to your baby, especially when they are too young to build immunity on their own. Later in life, infants, babies, and children should receive vaccines to prevent catching preventable, deadly diseases.
- Vaccines are important for adults, as well. Vaccines can wear down over time, and adults may be at risk for disease based on their health history, job, travel, lifestyle, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do vaccines have side-effects? All vaccines can have potential side-effects. These side effects are usually minor and go away on their own in a few days. For a complete list of vaccines and their side effects, click here.
- What diseases do vaccines prevent? Vaccines prevent a large variety of diseases such as chickenpox, the flu, hepatitis, measles, polio, whooping cough, and more. For a complete list of diseases that vaccines prevent, click here.
- What are the risks of not vaccinating? Without proper vaccination, anyone is at risk for contracting harmful and deadly diseases. Immunizations are proven to be safe and effective, and there are minimal risks associated with getting vaccinated. For more information, click here.
- How do vaccines work? To protect the body from harmful disease, a small, weakened form of the disease’s germ is injected into the body. The body reacts by making antibodies that protect against the weakened germs. If the harmful germ is ever introduced into the body, the antibodies will return and destroy those germs. For more information, click here.
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