When it comes to disease prevention, immunizations are key. It keeps you and our family safe and protected. Our highly qualified staff can easily administer immunization shots here at the pharmacy, including:
FLU & SHINGLES
mmunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.
Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year. It is one of the most cost-effective health investments, with proven strategies that make it accessible to even the most hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations. It has clearly defined target groups; it can be delivered effectively through outreach activities; and vaccination does not require any major lifestyle change.
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Immunization (or vaccination) protects people from disease by introducing a vaccine into the body that triggers an immune response, just as though you had been exposed to a disease naturally. The vaccine contains the same antigens or parts of antigens that cause the disease, but the antigens in vaccines are either killed or greatly weakened. Vaccines work because they trick your body into thinking it is being attacked by the actual disease.
Immunity through immunization happens without the consequence of being ill and without the risk of potential life-threatening complications from the disease. Once a person is immunized, specific immune cells called memory cells prevent re-infection when they encounter that disease again in the future. However, not all vaccines provide lifelong immunity. Vaccines such as the tetanus vaccine require booster doses every ten years for adults to maintain immunity.
Immunization is one of the best and most effective ways to protect against disease at any age and stage of life.
Just like children, adolescents need immunizations too. As children grow, the protection they received against diseases from some childhood vaccines – such as diphtheria, pneumococcal, and tetanus (lockjaw) – begins to wear off. For the protection to continue, boosters are required against these diseases. Some vaccines provide optimal protection against disease when given during adolescence, like HPV.
It is important to keep up to date with immunizations during the school years and into young adulthood, to ensure protection remains. Ask your physician, nurse, pharmacist or local public health office about immunizations needed in adolescence to ensure protection.
Not just for children
At any age, vaccination provides the longest-lasting, most effective protection against disease. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be serious, and in some cases can cause life-threatening complications that can lead to hospitalization. This is especially a concern for infants and young children, who are particularly more vulnerable. Having children vaccinated on time is important and helps ensure that they receive the protection they need as early as possible to fight off diseases before they are exposed to them.
Immunization is important not only in childhood, but in adulthood as well, to help promote healthy aging. This is because childhood immunization does not provide lifelong immunity against some diseases such as tetanus (lockjaw) and diphtheria. Adults require helper, or booster, shots to maintain immunity. Adult vaccinations may also be recommended to protect against disease common in adulthood such as shingles.
Adults who were not adequately immunized as children may be at risk of infection from other vaccine-preventable diseases. They can also infect others. For example, adults who become ill with measles, mumps or pertussis (whooping cough) can infect infants who may not yet be fully immunized.
Since the introduction of vaccines, many serious illnesses have been brought under control.
Immunization can protect you from:
- blood infection
- ear infection
- Haemophilus influenzae type b
- hepatitis A
- hepatitis B
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- measles (red measles)
- pertussis (whooping cough)
- rubella (German measles)
- tetanus (lockjaw)
- varicella (chickenpox)