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Vaccinations and Immunizations

Why Vaccinations Are Important

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), every year thousands of adults in the U.S. become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent. Many adults even die from these diseases. By getting vaccinated, you can help protect yourself from much of this unnecessary suffering.

Even if you received the vaccines you needed as a child, the protection from some vaccines can wear off.

Vaccines are tested and monitored. Vaccines go through years of testing before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licenses them for use. Both the CDC and FDA continue to track  the safety of all licensed vaccines.

Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health. Talk with your provider about the vaccines you and your family should safely receive based on your health or other conditions.

Flu Season

The message is simple: the influenza vaccine can prevent the flu. The flu is at its peak every year in the United States between October and May, and on average, thousands of people in the Nation will die from it. 

The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get vaccinated every flu season. It takes approximately two weeks for the protection to develop once you have been vaccinated; the vaccine does not cause the flu.

Non-vaccinated individuals who contract this contagious disease may experience fever and chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache, and a runny or stuffy nose. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

For informative and accurate information about the flu vaccine, talk with your St. Lawrence Health primary care provider, or visit the CDC's website