Reduce the Risk of Infectious Diseases

Vaccinations are an essential part of your regular care. They protect you from serious diseases and keep you healthy.

You need vaccinations throughout your life. They can offer protection from diseases such as:

  • COVID-19
  • Flu
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pneumococcal infections
  • Tetanus

During a wellness visit, your provider will make sure you have the recommended vaccinations based on your age and lifestyle.

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Sanford Health offers the annual flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine at events and locations near you.

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Reasons to Vaccinate

Immunizations are also called vaccines, shots or vaccinations. They can protect people of all ages from dangerous, life-threatening diseases.

When should children get vaccinated? Children should get vaccinated early, including right after birth. Vaccinations help keep them from getting sick with serious diseases, including:

  • Haemophilus influenza, a common upper respiratory infection that can also cause meningitis
  • Pneumococcal disease, a common cause of ear infections and pneumonia
  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps and rubella
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus

If you feel hesitant about vaccine safety, talk to your child’s doctor. Physicians are your first source of reliable information.

Learn more: What every parent should know about vaccines.

How Vaccines Work

Many vaccines work by injecting weakened or killed bacteria or viruses into the body. They show your body’s immune system how to fight the disease and produce antibodies without getting you sick.

Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines don’t include any viruses or bacteria. They work by delivering a message to your cells that teaches them how to recognize a disease and fight it off.

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