Immunisation is incredibly important, even beyond flu season. Keeping up to date with your vaccinations is a simple and safe way to protect yourself from vaccine-preventable diseases before you come into contact with them.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation being spread about vaccinations, but rest assured that vaccinations are very safe, highly effective, and adverse reactions are incredibly rare.
How Do Vaccinations Work?
All immunisations work in the exact same way. Taking advantage of the body’s natural immune system, a vaccination introduces dead or severely weakened viruses into your bodies that trick your body into thinking it already has the disease. Your body can then develop antibodies to protect you against future infection. In essence, your body is training itself to fight against a disease without you ever experiencing any symptoms. Then, if you encounter the disease at a later date, your body is already prepared to fight off the disease.
How Effective Are Vaccinations?
Vaccines help to reduce and eliminate disease worldwide. Examples of this include the eradication of smallpox, and the global reduction of cases of polio by 99%.
Vaccines prove to be more effective when more people have them thanks to herd immunity. So, as a community, let’s work together to protect ourselves and each other by being properly immunized. Remember, prevention is better than a cure.
What Immunisations Do You Offer?
Get in contact with Maddington Village General Practice to see our immunisation offerings including:
- Routine childhood immunisation
- Traveller’s immunisation
- Annual influenza immunisation
- Immunisations for special groups: patients with chronic medical conditions, splenectomy patients, and patients with chronic renal failure, etc.
- Corporate immunisation