Immunizations are a cost-effective and successful way to protect yourself and your children from many diseases and illnesses. By introducing a small amount of the virus or bacteria into the body, your immune system’s defense mode is triggered, which creates antibodies to fight the germ or disease. Immunization programs can have far-reaching effects on our society. For example, when the smallpox vaccine was introduced in 1967, smallpox was responsible for the deaths of about 2 million people according to the World Health Organization.
Immunizations can also help prevent certain types of cancer. For example, Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common cause of cervical cancer, and hepatitis B can increase the risk for developing liver cancer. So being vaccinated against HPV and hepatitis B can decrease the risk of developing these cancers. For a complete list of the recommended vaccination schedule for children and adults, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to find the most upto- date information. Immunizations can help us protect ourselves, our children and future generations from serious and life-threatening diseases. Talk to your doctor, and make sure you are protected.
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