vaccinationEveryone knows the importance of getting proper nutrition and rest, flossing your teeth, and wearing a seatbelt, but do you understand the importance of getting vaccinated?

Since vaccinations became available some 50 years ago, they have prevented common diseases such as mumps, measles, Hepatitis A & B, and polio that have once killed millions.  And if you don’t stay up to date with your vaccinations, you’re at risk for catching those diseases.

Think you healthy enough to forgo vaccinations? Here are 7 reasons why you shouldn’t…

1. Vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t disappeared.

Some diseases that are known to cause illness and death still exist, and can easily spread to those who haven’t been vaccinated.

2. Vaccines can keep you healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting vaccinated for shingles, influenza, HPV, hepatitis a & B, and others that will protect you against these infections.

3. Vaccination can mean the difference between life and death.

Vaccinations have been the best way to prevent diseases that have once swept the nation and are now saving lives every day.

4. Vaccines are just as important to your overall health as diet and exercise.

Just as eating a well-balanced diet, engaging in daily exercise, and visiting your doctor for your annual checkup, vaccinations play a vital role to your overall health.

5. Vaccines are safe.

Vaccines are safe and cause little to no side effects and are among the safest products in all of medicine.

6. Vaccines don’t give you the disease they are designed to prevent.

Vaccines contain weakened strains or dead strains of a disease and are designed to teach your immune system to ensure you will not catch the disease.

7. Healthy people can get sick, too.

Even if you can’t remember the last time you got sick, if you don’t receive recommended vaccinations, such as your annual flu shot, you’re still vulnerable to disease.  And getting vaccinated not only protects you, but it also protects those around you who are susceptible to disease, such as infants and seniors.

Now that you know the importance of receiving vaccinations, now’s the time to do so!  Visit AFC Urgent Care Fairfield for walk-in vaccinations, no appointment necessary!