Vaccinations, which usually are administered as shots, are a method of protecting you from infectious diseases.
They work by introducing a small amount of the weakened organism that causes the disease into your system. While this isn’t enough to infect you, it’s enough to cause your body to create antibodies that know when and how to attack the diseases. That process is called immunization.
Common vaccinations include:
While there’s a possibility you may still get a disease if you’re infected, the likelihood that it is less serious is high.
Not getting vaccinated puts you and everyone else around you at risk. Those who are vaccinated are protected from the disease and from spreading it; shots reduce the spread of disease across immunized populations.
You and your children should be vaccinated because shots:
Most importantly, if enough people are not vaccinated, it’s possible certain seemingly extinct diseases may become more widespread once again, such as measles.
Because it’s possible to contract different diseases depending on where you are in the world, you may need additional vaccinations before travel. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kidd before leaving the country to make sure you’re not at risk.
Vaccines are incredibly safe. In fact, they are held to the highest standard of safety. Vaccines aren't legalized until they undergo years of study. Even after becoming legal, they're constantly monitored for efficacy.
In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention constantly works to make vaccinations even safer. No country in the world has a safer vaccination supply than the United States.
In most cases, someone who gets a vaccine experiences no side effects. However, it’s possible for some people to experience fever or soreness at the site of injection. It’s also possible, though unlikely, to have an allergic reaction to a vaccine.