Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect ourselves against infectious diseases across our lifespan. Immunity is created through the stimulation of your body’s natural resistance to disease. Therefore, vaccines are your first line of defense against measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, influenza, and many other infectious diseases.
Vaccination not only protects the individual receiving the injection, it also protects those around us including family, friends, grandparents and others. Children who are too young to be vaccinated, or those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to contracting these diseases from other individuals who are not immunized.
Immunizations provide for the prevention of potentially life-threatening infectious illnesses. Eradication of a disease is the long-term goal of an immunization program.
The benefits of immunization far outweigh the risks of infectious disease and vaccine related adverse effects. Vaccines, like any medication, can cause side effects, with most of these being mild. The diseases themselves can cause problems for those affected that may be much worse.
Public concern about vaccine safety continues. The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention closely monitor their safety.
For more information you can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit their website www.cdc.gov.