Immunization shots are essential for both children and adults. These vaccinations contain dead or weakened germs that trigger the immune system to respond and build immunity. They can protect us from measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio and diphtheria. According to research, immunizations are currently preventing 2-3 million deaths every year.
Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective well-being investments available to the most hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations. Vaccines can be delivered safely through outreach and do not require significant lifestyle changes on the part of the recipients.
Immunization is Safe
A licensed vaccine undergoes multiple phases of trials before approval, and it receives a reassessment once it is on the market. The vaccine undergoes constant monitoring for reactions. A serious injury from a vaccine-preventable disease is more likely than an injury from a vaccine. Vaccines intermingle with the immune system to yield an immune response comparable to the reaction caused by the natural infection without causing the illness. The process is safe when compared to the high price one might pay for getting immunity through a natural infection, which may involve complications.
Vaccines Can Lower Your Chance of Getting and Spreading Certain Diseases
Because vaccines work with the natural defenses of the body, they help you develop immunity to diseases. The hepatitis B vaccine drops your risk of liver cancer. HPV vaccine sinks your risk of cervical cancer. The flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu-related heart attacks or other flu-related complications from existing health conditions.
Vaccines reduce the chances of you spreading diseases, too. Because some members of your family may not be able to get certain vaccines for particular reasons, they rely on you to help prevent the spread of disease. Those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable. Remember, the side effects of vaccines are usually mild and last only a few days.
The first vaccine for protecting children against malaria is currently undergoing pilot studies in three African countries. Vaccines for protection against Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are also under development. Since introducing the meningitis A vaccine, Africa has nearly eliminated the deadly disease. Thanks to immunizations, measles deaths have decreased by 80%. The highly infectious viral disease polio, which causes irreversible paralysis, is now on course for global eradication.
Keep Your Immunizations Current
As a healthcare professional who provides direct patient care, you are at a higher risk than the general public for contracting an illness. Because of this, it’s vital to maintain your immunization record to prevent getting sick and from inadvertently spreading the disease to others in your care.