The Truth About Vaccines
With the recent emergency use authorization of two COVID-19 vaccines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and as it gets closer to becoming available to the general public, there is also a lot of uncertainty about the vaccine and vaccines in general. Avni Jain, MD with Adventist HealthCare helps to shed light on the truth around vaccines.
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Why is it important to get vaccinated?
Vaccines are provided to everyone to prevent illnesses from spreading amongst those who are healthy or sick. Even if you are healthy, a disease can cause you to become extremely ill, complications or even death. Getting vaccinated against these diseases is the best way to prevent you from getting them.
How do vaccines work?
Your immune system uses special types of cells to fight infections. After you have fought off an illness, your body remembers how to fight the next time you are exposed to the same illness. They help your immune system develop the memory to fight a virus, bacteria or disease without you actually getting sick.
Are vaccines safe? Will they make you sick?
Vaccines are extremely safe. Even after a vaccine is approved, it continues to go through tests to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective. There is a national vaccine monitoring system that tracks safety and any adverse reactions. Chances are very low in getting sick with the disease or illness you’re getting vaccinated from. There may be some mild side effects such as a low-grade fever, but these are a natural side effect as your body develops immunity.
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