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Importance of Vaccinations

Vaccinations protect us from serious and sometimes even deadly bacteria and viruses. Therefore, it is important for your family, including children, to be up to date with each recommended vaccine.

How do they work?

Vaccinations work by taking advantage of the body’s immune system. When you receive a vaccination, you are being injected with a weakened strain of the bacteria or virus. When the body detects these invaders, it instantly creates antibodies that learn how the bacteria or virus functions and the most effective means of destroying it. Once your body knows how to destroy the bacteria or virus, the individual is now protected if exposed to that invader.

Is it safe?

Yes. Ongoing research continues to show that vaccines are safe and effective. Vaccines are given to millions of people, including children every day. Every recommended vaccination has gone through multiple tests governed by reputable organizations including the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC).

What can they protect me from?

There are numerous vaccinations available to protect us from various bacteria and viruses. Some of the most common ones include: Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

  • Influenza (flu shots)

  • Polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis

  • Varicella (Chickenpox/Shingles)

  • Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)

  • Meningococal (Meningitis)

  • Gardasil (Human Papillomavirus Virus)

Where can I go to get vaccinations for me or my family?

If you are behind on your vaccinations, need vaccinations for your child, or just want to double check which vaccinations you already have, walk in to your nearest American Family Care® (https://www.afcurgentcare.com/) clinic today. No appointments necessary! AFC is all you need!

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