Vaccines protect you against potentially deadly infections or diseases by stimulating the body’s immune system in response to a specific virus. Your body then creates antibodies to fight off the virus if you become exposed later in life. Vaccines today contain the same or similar germs that cause certain diseases, but the germs are either dead, weakened, or incomplete, which means that transmission of the virus itself is not possible via the vaccine.
Getting vaccinated protects you and those around you by reducing your risk of getting seriously sick and infecting others if exposed to disease. For this reason, vaccinations are regarded as one of the safest and most effective lines of defense against diseases that spread from person to person or are found in bacteria that are naturally present in the environment, such as Tetanus.
Though vaccinations can be a very personal decision, it’s important to remember that vaccinations are credited for the near-eradication of certain diseases in the United States, such as polio, smallpox, and tuberculosis (TB). Every year, the annual flu shot saves many lives of people of all ages.
In the event you are not up to date on your immunizations and suffer a laceration or puncture wound from a nail, broken glass, or other metal object, it’s important that you visit one of our urgent care center locations for a Tetanus booster as soon as possible as these items are some of those most commonly contaminated with the Tetanus toxin.
If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment to get vaccinated, call our medical clinic today.