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Reasons to Get Vaccinated

Reasons to Get Vaccinated

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 at the hand of vaccine-preventable diseases. Aside from protecting yourself from these diseases, there are many other benefits of staying up-to-date on your vaccinations and making sure your family gets vaccinated too.

Protect High-Risk Individuals

Whether they are someone in your immediate family or a fellow community member, there are many people who have compromised immune systems that you can help to protect when you get vaccinated. Some of the people you protect by getting vaccinated include:

  • Babies
  • The elderly
  • People with weakened immune systems

Build-Up Your Baby’s Immune System

After your baby is born, they inherit certain immunities from their mother, but their immune systems still 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 the immunity to certain life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are made with small amounts of antigens 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 a phenomenon called herd-immunity or community immunity. This happens when most people in a given area are vaccinated or immune to a given illness, they will not get sick and spread the disease to the limited few who are not. This is only possible when 80-90 percent of a given population is immune to a virus

Primary and Specialty Care in Ohio

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