Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of American adults become seriously ill—and even hospitalized—each year as a result of vaccine-preventable diseases. Aside from protecting yourself from these diseases, there are many other benefits of staying up to date on vaccinations for you and your family.
Protect High-Risk Individuals
Whether they are your immediate family members or fellow community member, there are many people who have compromised or weakened immune systems, including babies and older adults. You can help protect these individuals and yourself when you get vaccinated.
Build Up Your Baby’s Immune System
Even though babies inherit certain immunities from their mothers, their immune systems haven’t fully developed to protect them from viral infections and diseases. The CDC states that getting your child vaccinated on a proper schedule throughout their childhood helps to provide them with immunity to certain life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are made with small amounts of antigens—toxins or other foreign substances that induces an immune response in the body, especially the production of antibodies—to help your baby’s body to recognize and fight disease-causing germs.
Prevent Disease Outbreaks
When enough individuals are vaccinated, it helps to protect their community as a whole through herd-immunity or community immunity. This happens when most people in a given area are vaccinated or become immune to a given illness, therefore they will not get sick and spread the disease to the limited few who do not have immunity to the disease. This is only possible when 80-90 percent of a given population is immune to a virus.
Primary and Specialty Care in Northeast Ohio
The Southwest General Medical Group, Inc. includes both primary care and specialty care physicians who are committed to providing patients with high-quality medical care. Our team of board-certified specialists and skilled physicians work to raise the bar for excellence in health care service for our community. To learn more about our primary and specialty care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website.