vaccinationYou know the importance of eating a well-balanced diet, getting the proper amount of rest, wearing a seat belt, flossing your teeth, and working out, but do you understand the importance of staying up to date with your vaccinations?

Diseases that used to be common such as mumps, measles, Hepatitis A & B, and polio can now be prevented by vaccination.  One of the most terrible diseases in history, smallpox, no longer exists thanks to vaccinations. Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of diseases that saved millions of lives.

But do you know why you should stay up to date on your vaccinations?  Here are 8 reasons why…

1. Vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t gone away.

Some diseases that are known to cause illness and death still exist, and can spread to those who are not protected by vaccines.  

2. Vaccines can keep you healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend certain vaccinations to protect you against infections that leave you vulnerable to diseases such as shingles, influenza, HPV, hepatitis a & B, and others.

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

Since vaccinations became available some 50 years ago, they have prevented deaths that have once swept the nation and are saving lives every day.

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

Like eating healthy diet, daily exercise, and having a regular wellness exam, getting vaccinated plays a vital role in your overall health.  

5. Vaccines are safe.

While many are skeptical about the side effects of certain vaccinations, they prevent life-threatening and altering diseases 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 and dead strains of a disease that are designed to ensure you will not catch the disease.

7. Healthy people can get sick, too.

Even if you are seemingly healthy, you’re still vulnerable to disease if you’re not vaccinated, since vaccine-preventable diseases can strike anyone.

8. Those around you are at risk, too.

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!  Our urgent care center provides vaccinations on a walk-in basis, so you don’t need an appointment to be seen. Visit AFC Urgent Care Bridgeport – today!