Five Reasons Why Immunizations are Important

IMmunizations are IMportant

Here are five reasons why:

1. Immunizations can save your life.

Due to the advances in medicine, diseases that used to injure or kill thousands, such as polio and smallpox, have now been eliminated.  If a shot can save your life, isn’t it worth your time and effort to be vaccinated?

2. Vaccination is safe and effective.

The development of vaccines include rigorous testing and review to prove their safety and efficacy.  Comprehensive scientific studies have not found a link between vaccination and autism.  If a vaccine won’t hurt you and has been proven to protect you, why not get it?

3. Immunizations protect the people you care about.

Vaccinations not only protect you but also protect people you come in contact with such as babies who are too young to be immunized, and others who may have a weakened immune system, or who cannot be vaccinated. If a shot can protect you and protect your loved ones, isn’t it worth it?

4. Immunizations save your family time and money. 

Sick children must be kept out of school or daycare. A prolonged illness can take a financial toll due to missed work, medical bills, or long-term disability.  Vaccines are usually covered under most health insurance plans or are available low-cost from the Health Department. If a shot can prevent pain and suffering from illness and save you money in terms of medical bills and missed work or school, isn’t it worth your investment?

5. Immunization protects future generations.

Diseases that caused widespread illness and death have been reduced or eliminated due to vaccines. If a shot can protect the future of your children, grandchildren, and the world, won’t you please get vaccinated?

Who Needs Vaccines?

  • Babies need routine vaccination at developmental milestones.
  • School-age children need vaccination prior to entering kindergarten, in 6th grade, and before they graduate from high school.
  • Teenagers need vaccination to protect them from Meningitis and the Human Papilloma Virus (that can cause cancer.)
  • Adults need a Tetanus vaccine every 10 years.
  • Seniors need vaccines to protect them from Shingles and Pneumonia.
  • And EVERYONE needs an annual FLU shot!!

Summer is the perfect time to update your vaccines. The Family Health Clinic can help you determine which vaccines you require and help your children get ready for school with a physical.  Please call or come by today. We are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Fobes 1525. 

We care for your health!

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