Reduce the Risk of Infectious Diseases

Immunity is important for two reasons: to protect yourself and to protect those around you.

Immunizations, also called vaccines, shots or vaccinations, are among the most effective options for protecting people of all ages from dangerous, even life-threatening, diseases. Vaccines greatly reduce your risk of being infected by certain diseases through building your body's natural defenses.

Through a vaccine, injecting a weakened or killed bacteria or virus into the body, the body's immune system learns how to fight the disease and produces antibodies without your body getting sick. Immunity occurs when your body has built up a strong enough defense that it is able to resist infection from a specific disease.

Different vaccines are recommended for infants, children, teenagers and adults. Find out about vaccine schedules below or talk to your health care provider.


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