Most people think that vaccinations are something you have as babies and you’re done with it but this is not true. When you receive a shot, this immunization, while being good, does not last a lifetime. As we age, everything (all the major organs) naturally get weaker and this is also true of our immune system. So next time you go for your flu shot at an immunization clinic, check to see if all your other shots are up to date. Here are some things about vaccines that you should know about.
1. The Flu
For adults, especially the older ones, it’s important to receive an influenza vaccine every year. Some people are worried that it doesn’t work, or it might make them sick. However, research has shown that the flu shot actually doesn’t cause the flu, though there may be some side effects. Some of these side effects include fever and soreness at the spot the vaccination was given. The benefits of receiving a flu shot far outweigh the risks.
Tetanus is an infection that can occur in many ways, so it’s important to have a tetanus shot. The spores of the bacteria that causes tetanus can be found in soil, animal feces and even dust. They can enter through a deep flesh wound and eventually produce a toxin. Your muscles get stiff or go into spasms. You need to get a booster shot every 10 years. Many people who end up getting tetanus never had these booster shots. Even if you’ve had a tetanus shot but can’t remember when, and it hasn’t been 10 years, it’s alright to get it before the 10 years. Fever and swelling at the injection site are some common side effects.
3. Vaccines Are Tested For Safety
Before being approved, vaccines are tested for safety. In fact, some vaccines go through years of testing to make sure that it is completely safe and effective. Even after a vaccine has been approved, it is still monitored closely to make sure that there are no issues and that it continues to be safe and effective.
4. Vaccines Protect Your Children
If a child gets a vaccine-preventable disease, it can be quite devastating to the parents. That’s why most parents choose vaccination for their children. Some of the diseases a child can get can be serious enough to cause hospitalization and even death.
5. Vaccination While Pregnant
If you’re vaccinated while you’re pregnant, you will be able to give some protection to your unborn child for the first few months of its life. Vaccines for the flu and whooping cough protect you and your growing baby.
You need immunization throughout your life. It protects you, but it also helps to stop diseases from spreading to others.