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Keeping families safe and healthy is important to us, so we’ve put together some fast facts about immunisation to help you Be Smart, Get Prepared, and better understand the process. Vaccines are not only safe, they’re necessary to keep you and your loved ones healthy.
One of the key innovations of the 20th century, vaccines are biological preparations that helps the body resist or become immune to a particular disease. When someone is vaccinated against a disease or infection, their immune system is ready to fight the bacteria because of its familiarity with the bacteria.
Babies and young children are often vaccinated against a variety of diseases at an early age, including measles, hepatitis, and the flu. It’s important to beef up kids’ immune systems early on so that their bodies are prepared by the time they start going to school and become more exposed to different environments.
When it comes to teens, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccines against HPV and meningococcal diseases, as well as a continual vaccination against flu annually. Even though it may seem like a common, negligible sickness, every year, up to 49,000 people die of the flu.
Adults need to keep their immune systems beefed up too! Other than the flu vaccine, adults are also advised to be vaccinated for diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia, hepatitis A and B, and shingles.
Of course, it’s important to consult your doctor prior to getting vaccinated to ensure you receive the appropriate type for your age and body type. For more information, you can click here.