February 27, 2015
Good Health Isn’t a Long Shot, If You Get Vaccinated
Some things from childhood should remain in the past: Braces. Acne. That awkward haircut your mom gave you in the fifth grade …
It used to be that chicken pox, measles, mumps and whooping cough could be included on that list, but recent years have witnessed a rise in cases of these “childhood diseases” in adults.
If you caught these diseases as a kid, you probably won’t get them again. But, if you were lucky enough to emerge from the schoolyard uninfected, you run the risk of getting sick now.
Unlike the return of acid-washed jeans and fanny packs, you can prevent these diseases from making a comeback. Your best bet? Get immunized.
Immunizations, or vaccines, expose your immune system to killed or weakened versions of harmful germs, allowing your body’s natural defenses to build up protection before you’re infected with disease-causing bacteria or viruses.
By getting vaccinated, not only are you protecting yourself against dangerous diseases, you’re ensuring immunity throughout your home and neighborhood. This can protect infants, older adults and others who may be at higher risk of complications from vaccine-preventable diseases like the flu.
Be sure to consult carefully with your primary care physician about the benefits and risks of vaccines for you.