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How Vaccinations Prevent Adult Diseases

How Vaccinations Prevent Adult Diseases

 

Throughout the years, vaccines have markedly eliminated many infections that have affected millions of children and adults worldwide. However, disease-causing bacteria and viruses are still not fully eliminated from the environment. Anyone can still acquire these diseases when he or she isn’t fully vaccinated.

Adults still need vaccinations. Vaccinations keep you healthy so that you won’t have to miss work. If you are strong and healthy all the time, you will have more quality time to enjoy life with family and friends as well as in pursuing your other interests.

Here are some of the ways by which vaccinations can prevent diseases among adults.

1. Vaccination eliminates the risk of death from serious diseases

Each year, millions of adults worldwide get sick with diseases that are easily preventable by vaccines. Many adults even die from these diseases. By being vaccinated, you can save yourself from deadly infections. You are at risk for these infections based on your job, your age, your lifestyle, your overall health or your immunity.

2. It protects you and your loved ones from cancers and infections

Vaccinations can prevent you from acquiring infections. Antitoxins work with your body’s immune system to strengthen your resistance against infections. Hepatitis B vaccination cuts down your risk for liver cancer. HPV immunizations decrease your risk for cervical cancer. Flu vaccines decrease your risk of viral heart diseases and other complications of diabetes and lung disease.

3. Vaccines boost your immunity

Vaccination boosts your immunity by mimicking an infection. The vaccine does not cause infections, yet, it enables your immune system to create antibodies and T-lymphocytes.

4. Vaccines stop the spread of disease

Some member of your family or community doesn’t have the chance to get vaccinations due to their age or health conditions. They may rely on you to help prevent the transmission of disease.

Children, adults, and those who are immunocompromised are helpless against infections. Pregnant women should have the Tdap antitoxin during every pregnancy to protect their babies against whooping cough.

5. Vaccines are very safe

Vaccinations are tested and proven. They go through a lot of testing before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licenses them for use. Both the Department of Health and the FDA monitor the efficacy and safety of every approved vaccine.

References

Centers for Disease Control (2019) Reasons for Adults to be Vaccinated. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/reasons-to-vaccinate.html
Centers for Disease Control (2019). Understanding how vaccines work. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/conversations/downloads/vacsafe-understand-color-office.pdf

 

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