World Immunization Week (April 24-30) is an annual Awareness Week created to raise awareness of the importance of immunizations around the world. This year’s theme is Vaccines make us closer, Emphasizes the need to protect people of all ages. Over the past year, we have seen the role that vaccines play in bringing people closer together physically and emotionally. This week is a reminder of how lucky we are to be vaccinated in the United States, because this is not always the case in other countries.
Uzma Rashid, MD., At the Woodland Clinic, shared the importance of family medicine to our health and safety.
How vaccines work
To understand how vaccines work, it is important to look at how the body fights disease. Bacteria, such as bacteria or viruses, invade and multiply. This invasion (also called an infection) causes disease. The immune system uses white blood cells as a tool to fight infection. These white blood cells or macrophages attack germs and dead or dying cells, partially abandoning the invasive germs called antigens. The body identifies antigens as dangerous and stimulates them to attack antibodies.
Vaccines help your body develop immunity by mimicking the infection. It usually takes a few weeks for the body to develop immunity after the vaccine, so a person may become infected before or after the vaccine and may experience symptoms and pain. When getting vaccinated, make sure you have enough time to take proper care of your body.
Vaccinate your family and yourself
Vaccines work with the body’s natural immune system to reduce the risk of infection and are a great way to keep your family healthy. Timely immunizations throughout infancy help protect against the risk of life-threatening illnesses. Vaccines are also strictly tested to make sure they are safe and effective at the recommended age. If a mother is vaccinated during pregnancy, she can protect newborns. Although the immune system is not fully developed at birth, babies born with antibodies to their mother’s vaccine are more immune.
For flu shots, adults and children over six months of age need to get one dose each year. Annual immunizations are important because flu viruses vary from season to season. Vaccines are being developed to protect against viruses that indicate that research is very common. It is also important to remember that a child’s immune system is constantly weakened by the flu vaccine. Although the viruses do not change over time, getting the flu vaccine will protect you and your family.
Vaccines also protect against dangerous or even deadly diseases. Thanks to vaccines, some diseases, such as smallpox, are on the verge of extinction in this country. Vaccines protect our future and protect our children from disease.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about the safety and side effects of vaccines. One common lie is that children are associated with autism. However, scientific studies and evaluations continue to show that there is no link between vaccines and autism, and many researchers have concluded that there is no link between autism and vaccines.
Want to know more about vaccines science? Visit World Health Organization.
Talk to your doctor Schedule your next appointment and make sure you and your family get the vaccine on time this year.