Immunization is a critical part of personal and public health, which is why the team of practitioners at Apollo Physicians is passionate about providing vaccines to residents of Sacramento, California, and beyond. To review your immunization record and get caught up on your vaccines, call the office today during regular business hours or book online anytime.
Immunization is the process of developing a strong immune system through vaccines. Also called vaccination, immunization is critical to reducing your risk of contracting severe infectious diseases.
Vaccines allow your body to develop a strong immune response to specific diseases. The process involves exposing your immune system to a weakened or harmless version of the disease to provoke natural immunity.
This process occurs naturally when encountering harmful viruses, bacteria, or fungi. However, some diseases are so strong they can overwhelm your body before you can create that natural immunity. Vaccines allow you to create a strong and resilient immune system, which begins in early childhood.
Immunization is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against severe diseases like polio, measles, and rubella. Research shows that death rates from infectious diseases drop dramatically in parts of the world where immunization is readily available.
Aside from personal benefits, immunization is also critical to public health. When most of a population is immunized against a specific disease, that disease can’t effectively take hold. This is called “herd immunity” and is why the United States doesn’t struggle with widespread polio outbreaks and other diseases that before the mid-20th century ravaged communities.
A great deal of misinformation about vaccines is spread through social media. The scientific community is united in the stance that vaccines are not only safe but are also a critical part of health and wellness.
A tiny percentage of the population shouldn’t get specific vaccines or should wait until their health improves before getting them. Your physician will advise you on protecting yourself against infectious diseases.
If you have questions or concerns about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, your practitioner is happy to discuss the matter. Apollo Physicians offers vaccines according to the schedule the nation’s top health authorities laid out. Annual flu and Covid-19 vaccines are also available.
If you have gaps in your immunization record, your physician can provide the vaccines needed to protect you. Book your visit today online or by phone to learn more.