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Vaccines are a very effective way to prevent disease by immunizing people of every age against them, including deadly infectious diseases like mumps, rubella and whooping cough.
The terms “vaccine” and “immunization” are commonly used to mean the same thing, but there is a difference.
A vaccine is a product that deliberately stimulates your immune system to become immune to a specific disease, and immunization is your body’s successful response to that disease.
If you haven’t already received a COVID-19 vaccine, UCHealth makes it easy to schedule an appointment to get it.
Vaccines have greatly reduced and even eliminated many infectious diseases that used to harm—and even kill—people of all ages, all over the world.
Some of these diseases still exist, and you can get them if you aren’t vaccinated. In fact, thousands of adults in the U.S. become seriously ill and are hospitalized each year for vaccine-preventable illnesses.
Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available. That’s why, for years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has worked with federal and local partners to protect public health and prevent infectious diseases.
Visit your primary care provider for vaccination to help protect yourself, your family and your community.
You need to make sure your vaccinations are current because immunity can wear off as you age, and you are at risk for different diseases as an adult. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults get immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills and not being able to care for family.
Your primary care provider will discuss with you the vaccine schedule for your age and condition, as well as for your children.
According to the CDC, all adults:
In addition, you may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle or travel. The following diseases may be prevented by following the CDC guidelines for vaccines:
Vaccines are most often given through an injection, so the most common side effects are mild soreness, redness or swelling at the injection site, which go away in a few days.
Severe side effects are very rare. Your primary care provider will discuss possible side effects with you to help you decide what is best for you and your family.