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Vaccinations

The body’s immune system helps protect against pathogens that cause infection. Most of the time, it’s an efficient system. It either keeps microorganisms out or tracks them down and gets rid of them. The pathogens most likely to cause problems are the ones the body doesn’t recognize. Vaccination is a way to “teach” the immune system how to recognize and eliminate an organism. That way, your body is prepared if you’re ever exposed.

If you are behind on your vaccinations, need vaccinations for your child, or just want to double check which vaccinations you already have, please visit us at the Insta-Care location.

How do Vaccinations Work?

Vaccination teaches the body to recognize new diseases. It stimulates the body to make antibodies against antigens of pathogens. It also primes immune cells to remember the types of antigens that cause infection. That allows for a faster response to the disease in the future. When the body responds to the vaccine, it builds an adaptive immune response. This helps equip the body to fight off an actual infection.

Vaccinations exist for numerous disease. Some of the most common vaccinations include:
  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • Measles/mumps/rubella
  • Influenza (flu shots)
  • Polio Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP)
  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Pneumococcal