Reduce the Risk of Infectious Diseases
Immunity is important for two reasons: to protect yourself and to protect those around you.
Reasons to Vaccinate
Immunizations, also called vaccines, shots or vaccinations, are among the most effective options for protecting people of all ages from dangerous, even life-threatening, diseases. Vaccines greatly reduce your risk of being infected by certain diseases through building your body’s natural defenses.
How can parents get the facts about vaccine safety? Your child's health care provider is your first source of reliable information. Health care providers are bound by law to give you written information on the benefits and risks of each immunization suggested for your child. Reading this material can help you make a well-informed decision.
How Vaccines Work
Through a vaccine, injecting a weakened or killed bacteria or virus into the body, the body’s immune system learns how to fight the disease and produces antibodies without your body getting sick. Immunity occurs when your body has built up a strong enough defense that it is able to resist infection from a specific disease.
Different vaccines are recommended for infants, children, teenagers and adults. Check whether you’re on schedule in our chart below, titled “Vaccine Schedule by Age.”
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