Why Are Immunizations Necessary?

Health & Medical Blog

For many years, opinions have varied on whether or not people should be immunized. There are numerous types of infectious diseases that immunizations are actually available for today. These include immunizations that begin during childhood as well as vaccinations that are given to adults and the elderly. These are some of the reasons why it is necessary to be immunized.

To Prevent Illness

The most important reason why people should get immunizations is to prevent them from becoming ill. Many infectious diseases cause severe health conditions and can even cause death if not vaccinated against. This is especially true for babies and the elderly who may already have a weak immune system. For example, if a baby is not vaccinated for measles or mumps, they may become severely ill and could not survive these diseases should they be contracted. However, getting the proper vaccines can prevent them from occurring or make them much milder and easier to tolerate if they do.

To Prevent the Spread of Disease

The more people who are immunized against a certain disease, the less likely it is that others will contract it. If you have been vaccinated, it is impossible to pass the disease on to someone else. If a large group of 100 people has 95 people who have been immunized against infectious disease, there is an extremely low chance that anyone in the group will get the disease. However, if only 5 of the 100 people get vaccinated, the risk of those left unvaccinated becoming ill with that particular disease skyrockets.

To Save Money on Healthcare

There are also financial benefits of getting immunizations. Most health insurance companies pay for the cost of vaccinations in full or by requiring only a small copay. For those who do not have insurance, vaccinations are commonly offered at various clinics or medical facilities free of charge. If a person does not get immunized and then becomes ill with an infectious disease, the cost of treating that illness can quickly add up to be several thousands of dollars that may or may not be covered by health insurance. The cost of a vaccine compared to the cost of medical treatment, doctor visits, hospital stays, and time lost from work make getting immunized a much smarter option.

Some people do not want to be immunized against certain diseases simply because they fear the reaction or side effects that may occur after being vaccinated. However, many who have been immunized have had no adverse effects at all. Those who have had a reaction after being vaccinated often find the symptoms are mild and very short term in comparison to the health issues that can occur if they actually contract the disease that was not vaccinated against.


7 May 2021

Tips for Living a Great Life with Chronic Illness

I was always very healthy throughout my childhood, but when I became a teenager, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Thankfully, I had the support of my loving family to help keep me upbeat during a time that could have led to me experiencing the depression that some do after they first learn they will have an illness for life. I am very grateful for the advice I have gotten throughout my life, so I decided to create a blog where I can share all of the advice that has helped me live a happy, healthy life, despite having a chronic illness. Since I am on a medication that suppresses my immune system, I have also studied up on many other illnesses and tips for avoiding them and treating them. I plan to post health tips for people of a variety of ages and suffering with various illnesses!