40,000-50,000 adults die annually from vaccine-preventable diseases in the US.
Immunization (also called vaccination) is a safe, effective and simple way to prevent life-threatening infections - not only for infants and kids, but also for adults. Getting immunizations can help keep you from getting sick and severely ill. Plus being immunized can help protect those around you from getting sick.
Immunizations work by teaching your body how to fight the germs that cause infections. Thanks to immunizations, the number of people who die from infection has decreased significantly.
Immunizations usually come in shots, but some come in nasal sprays or medicines you swallow. Which immunizations should you get? That depends on your age, your general health... even your lifestyle or profession can make a difference in which immunizations you need. That's why you should talk to your internist.
Whether you are traveling for work or for pleasure, be sure to contact your internist if your trip will take you outside of the United States. You may require immunizations to protect you from infectious diseases common in the areas that you plan to visit, especially if your plans take you to developing countries.
As soon as you know your destinations, schedule an appointment with your internist. Timing is important because some vaccinations need time in your system before they reach full protection, or may require two or more shots administered over a couple of weeks.
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