Should you get immunized/vaccinated?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that vaccinations are a proven way to decrease your risk of getting or spreading a disease. For example the flu-vaccine significantly lowers the risk of flu related complications such as a flu related heart attack.
Are vaccines safe?
All vaccinations must receive approval by the FDA. This is a long and rigorous process involving much testing. Even after a vaccination has been approved for use they are still monitored by both the FDA and CDC.
“Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health.” – CDC website
Are there any side effects?
Usually the side effects of vaccinations are very minimal and include: soreness, redness or swelling at the point of injection. Severe side-effects, though possible, are very rare.
Aren’t vaccinations for kids?
Vaccines are available for several stages of life and many are available to you as an adult. Some vaccinations are required for international travel or dependent upon your career. The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) put together a document which explains some of the vaccinations available and when they are appropriate.
View their document here for more details:
What other resources are available?
Your best resource would be your own primary care provider. A physician or practitioner who can meet with you and discuss your specific needs and situation.
More information is available through the following websites:
- What vaccinations are recommended for you? – CDC
- National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
- Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule – CDC
- Adult Vaccine Self Assessment Tool – CDC