Topic 5 Vaccinations

Vaccines train the immune system to create antibodies, just as it does when it is exposed to a disease

Vaccines contain only dead or weakened forms of germs, they don’t cause the disease and keep you safe for its complications

Vaccination is safe, side effects from vaccines are usually minor such as arm pain or mild fever and don’t last long

Essential vaccination information:

  • COVID-19: Protects against COVID-19
  • Flu Shot: Protects against annual influenza viruses
  • Pneumococcal Shot: Protects against pneumococcal bacteria, which can cause pneumonia and blood and brain infections
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria Shot: Protects against two potentially deadly bacterial infections
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Shot:  Protects against the development of shingles

There are a lot of myths around vaccinations. Here you can find more information about vaccination related myths and facts