Immunization shots, or vaccinations, are essential.
They protect you from a disease by introducing a tiny, weakened piece of the germ into your body. Your body then produces the things it needs to combat it. This is called building an immunity. That way, if you are ever exposed naturally to the disease your body “remembers” the germ and is ready to fight it.
Vaccinations protect you against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and polio. They are important for both adults and children because unlike most medicines, which treat or cure a disease, vaccines can prevent them.
The vaccinations you need depend on your age, lifestyle, health, pregnancy status, and travel plans. Talk to your doctor about what shots you and your children need and when you should get them. For additional information, refer to the CDC’s immunization schedules for children (birth to 18 years old) and adults (19 years and older).
- Center for Disease Control
- HealthyChildren.org by the American Association for Pediatrics
- Immunization Action Coalition
- Downloadable PDF article on Vaccinations
Lighthouse Health Plan members have access to vaccinations at no cost.