Why should I get vaccinated?
Vaccination is the best way to protect against infections that can make you sick and be passed on to those around you.
What kinds of side effects will I get from being vaccinated?
Some side effects occur with all vaccines. The most common side effects are local reactions, such as pain, swelling, and redness in the area where you received the shot. Any significant side effects associated with vaccinations should be reported to your health care provide who, in turn, will report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
If I had all of my vaccinations as a child, is the flu shot the only one I may still need as an adult?
You never outgrow the need for vaccines. The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by such factors as your age, lifestyle, health conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations.
Should I get vaccinated if I am pregnant?
Certain vaccines should not be administered to women known to be pregnant. You should consult your health care provider if you are pregnant.
I am in good health. Do I still need "a shot"?
Regardless of age, we all need immunizations to keep us healthy. However, different vaccines are indicated for people of different ages or with different health conditions. While everyone should get the flu vaccine each season, it is especially important that certain people get vaccinated because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
Do vaccines protect me against infections?
Many diseases that were once all too common are now much reduced, in large part, due to vaccination. Many people have not seen the effects of such diseases as polio, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and German measles. Even with the success vaccines have had, more than 50,000 American adults die each year from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines.
Isn't it good for my body to fight off a disease rather than being vaccinated?
Vaccines actually work with your body's natural immune system by helping it recognize and fight invading bacteria or viruses. Your immune system then takes over to destroy the invader and "remember" it so that it can more easily recognize and destroy the disease if it meets it again.
Women's Institute for Specialized Health is a provider of vaccinations in Chattanooga, TN.