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It is important to get immunized or vaccinated to prevent or reduce disease effects on individuals. Vaccination eradicates or limits the spread of harmful contagious diseases like measles, smallpox, polio, diphtheria, HPV Hepatitis A, B and C, and COVID-19.

What is Immunization?

Immunization protects people from disease by taking a vaccine to cause an immune reaction in your body, similar to if you experienced natural exposure to the disease. Vaccines contain weakened or killed disease-causing pathogens or pathogen portions that replicate an actual disease attack. Although, on a much smaller scale allowing your immune response to learn how to fight the pathogen.

Reasons to Get Immunized

Immunization Saves Lives

Vaccine-preventable infections killed 50 000 people on average before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019.

Most Vaccine-Preventable Diseases still Pose a Threat

In 1980 the WHO declared smallpox (variola virus) eliminated. But most other pathogens causing illness and death are still present and may be transmitted to unvaccinated people. International travel increases the risk of disease spread from areas where the pathogen is common to locations where it may not exist.

Immunization Protects Your Family, Loved Ones, and Your Community

Diseases spread rapidly in households; adult carriers are the most popular source of pertussis (whooping cough) transmission to infants. They may also spread whooping cough to older, more vulnerable unvaccinated relatives. When one student in an institution gets measles or chickenpox, the entire unvaccinated school population faces contagion risks. By getting vaccinated, you protect yourself and your family, as well as unvaccinated members of your extended community. You may encounter them at work, while participating in sports or other leisure activities or while worshipping.

Immunization plays a vital role in protecting you from dangerous diseases keeping you alive, healthy, and able to enjoy a good quality of life. Vaccinations also eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases or prevent their spread in the wider society protecting unvaccinated members of the population.

References

10 Reasons To Get Vaccinated. (2019, August 29). National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. https://www.nfid.org/immunization/10-reasons-to-get-vaccinated/

‌Smallpox. (2021). https://www.cdc.gov/smallpox/index.html

‌CDC. (2020, May 8). 14 Diseases You Almost Forgot About (Thanks to Vaccines). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/forgot-14-diseases.html

‌What Is Immunization? | immunizecanada. (2019). Immunize.ca. https://immunize.ca/what-immunization