Vaccines are one of the best ways you can protect yourself and your children from illness. Vaccines are designed to improve immunity to a specific disease, such as measles or diphtheria. They typically contain killed or weakened microbes or surface proteins. The immune system creates antibodies which will recognize the microbes and surface proteins as foreign and dangerous. If the disease is ever encountered again, the immune system will quickly identify it. As soon as the body detects these intruders, the antibodies begin destroying them. Vaccinations are beneficial to the body and protect us from diseases by using the body’s immune system memory to its advantage.
Before vaccines, measles was a common childhood disease. About 48,000 children were hospitalized each year, 7,000 had seizures, about 1,000 suffered permanent brain damage, and about 450 died. After the introduction of a successful vaccination program, the measles virus has become rare, although still quite dangerous. In 2017, the CDC reports 118 cases of measles, and the majority of those infected were not vaccinated.
Smallpox was one mankind’s most devastating diseases and is known to have caused mass death throughout human history. During the 18th century it was the leading cause of death in Europe and killed an estimated 400,000 people every year. 10% of Swedish infants died from Smallpox. In 1967, the World Health Organization led a massive vaccination effort against Smallpox, and by 1980 it had been successfully eradicated worldwide. Currently, the only known viruses of Smallpox are kept in research facilities in case a new outbreak occur.
At Urgentology Care, we offer vaccinations by appointment. If you are traveling somewhere or in need of a vaccination for school or work, please call us and our team of medical professionals will be happy to assist you.
Some of the most common vaccination we offer by appointment, include:
- Pre-travel Vaccines
- Hepatitis A & B
- Whooping Cough
- Flu Shot
- Yellow Fever
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