There are many conflicting opinions about getting vaccinated, and those against it often find themselves so against it that they put themselves at a high level of potential risk. Children which were once susceptible to a collection of diseases, have become protected by vaccinations in our country. Once potential diseases such as Polio, which causes physical disabilities and even death, Measles which can cause brain damage and end in death, and a severe often fatal disease Tetanus ran rapid across the globe. Vaccines have eradicated the worries, fears, and reality of common childhood diseases to those who get vaccinated. Vaccines prepare the body’s ability to fight the potentially life changing diseases.

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Influenza

There are two types of vaccines available for those seeking protection from the flu, which is prevalent during fall and winter months. Children, and the elderly are always encouraged to get vaccinated because they are most susceptible to catch this potentially deadly disease. Vaccinating you and those you love can prevent the spread of this life taking virus which kills on average about 36,000 a year. If that death toll doesn’t scare you, consider the fact that the H1N1 virus has taken 45 lives thus far in California this season, and in Dallas the death toll has risen to 26 all varying in age and health. The importance of getting vaccinated could be a decision that means life or death to you or someone you love.

Prevention is More Effective than Treatment

It is clear that the preventing the disease itself will be more effective treating the disease than anything a doctor can prescribe after one has contracted these diseases. Prevention is a key component to public health, keeping those we come into contact with also protected. Getting vaccinated is a responsible service you can provide your community. Especially because some are ineligible for the vaccines because of their age, or current health conditions. If you decide not to immunize yourself or your children, you risk putting those that come into contact with your children (including yourself) at risk of contracting potentially fatal diseases. Like any medicine, a vaccine could result in serious health problems such as a severe allergic reaction. However this is far less risky than contracting the disease and it evolving into something serious for either yourself, or for those that come into contact with you if you remain unvaccinated.

How Vaccines Work

We are all born with an immune system, which is made to recognize germs that enter the body. This results in the body producing antibodies which attack them. After the body has fought and won, these antibodies disappear but the cells that produced the germs fighters remain and become what is referred to as a memory cell. Memory cells remember the antigen and will fight again should the germ attempt to return. This process is where we get the term immunity…

Vaccines contain antigens that cause disease but are weakened enough to not cause the disease to occur. Instead, the immune system will produce the antibodies that fight them. The memory cells mentioned above, prevent the disease when encountered in the future. Vaccines create immunity.

Today’s guest post was contributed by Tara Sloan who works at Rejuve Health Clinic in Orlando, Florida. Tara enjoys spending her free time watching movies and trying new foods.