Immunizations are an effective way of preventing serious illness and their long-term side effects. While your immune system can fight off most viruses and illnesses, there are some conditions that immunizations enable your to avoid altogether.
For example, polio which used to cause paralysis, infertility, and death, was eradicated from the United States after an outbreak in 1952 affected over 58,000 children, resulting in over 3,100 deaths. Immunizations are required by most school districts as well as most sports teams and clubs. While you may have heard rumors about negative side effects of vaccines, there is absolutely no medical evidence that vaccines cause any developmental issues.
When you get sick, your immune system produces antibodies that fight off the virus or bacteria. Once you have recovered, those antibodies stay in your body and are able to defend your body from those illnesses if you are exposed again. Immunizations work in the same way. When you receive a vaccine, a very small and controlled sample of a virus is introduced to the body to stimulate the natural response of creating antibodies. Then if you are exposed to that illness later in life, your body is able to fight it off, protecting your health and wellbeing.
Many vaccines are only needed once, although some require boosters later in life. Flu vaccines are recommended annually because the flu virus changes so quickly and the previous year’s vaccine will not be effective against the new virus.
TB, or tuberculosis, is a serious bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system. It is highly contagious because the bacteria can be spread through airborne particles when a person coughs, sneezes, or even speaks. TB testing is carried out through:
The skin test is the most common. When you have a skin test, your health care provider will inject a small amount of tuberculin into your skin on the inner forearm. Then 48-72 hours later, you come back to the practice to have the test site examined.
If you have been exposed to TB, your skin will break out in a small rash. If you have not been exposed your skin will look completely normal. TB tests are typically required for:
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