The illness COVID-19 continues to affect more people each day. If a person contracts an infectious disease during this pandemic, their immune system may be weakened and leave them susceptible to suffering the more deadly effects of SARS-CoV-2. Until there is an effective vaccine to this particular coronavirus, it’s particularly important to protect yourself against easily preventable diseases by receiving available vaccines. Everyone should review their shot record and get up to date with currently recommended vaccinations.
What are vaccines?
Vaccines are FDA-approved medications prepared with dead or weakened microorganisms that help your immune system prepare to fight certain germs. A vaccine stimulates your body to produce appropriate antibodies to fight off a foreign invader. As a result, your immune response becomes faster and more effective in responding to future infections.
How can I know which
vaccines to receive?
Have a discussion with your health care provider to ensure you’re receiving the appropriate vaccines for your age group and risk factors. Common adult vaccinations include influenza, hepatitis A and B, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, shingles and pneumococcal pneumonia.
In preparation for this year’s flu season, it’s highly recommended that everyone over 6 months of age get their flu shot early before the onset of flu season. Take advantage of available vaccinations to stay as healthy as possible in case you develop COVID-19.
What’s the difference
Many people use the word immunization interchangeably with vaccination, but they’re not the same thing. Immunization is the process that happens in the human body after a vaccination is received. There are a wide variety of vaccinations available for the prevention of life-threatening diseases.
To learn more about available vaccines, contact your health care provider or visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov to view a full vaccination schedule.