What is a vaccination?

Flu shot. Vaccinations help boost the immune system in order to prevent or lessen the severity of several different diseases such as the flu or tetanus.
Immune booster. A way to provide immunity to an infection without having to get sick first. Example: haemophilus influenzae (h. Flu) is a bacteria that causes meningitis. H. Flu vaccine shows polysaccharide (sugar) pieces of h. Flu to a child's immune system tied to a protein which helps the young immune system "see" the germ and make antibodies against it. If infection occurs, those antibodies prevent illness.
Prevention! A vaccination is a medicine, usually injected (sometimes given orally) which causes your body to produce immune cells against a certain disease. The vaccine "fools" the body into producing antibodies, so that when a person is exposed to that disease later in life, immunity is already present. Prevention of these diseases is much better than trying to cure them once you get them!

Related Questions

What are the vaccinations needed for my baby girl she is now 43 days old?

Nothing until 2 mos. With some exception, routine immunizations including dtap, ipv, hib, pcv, hep b & rotateque, starts at 2 months of age. Your baby must have received the first dose Hepatitis B Vaccine in the nursery. The second dose of Hepatitis B Vaccine can be given either at 1- or 2 months of age. Read more...

What is post vaccination encephalitis?

Inflammation of brai. It is an inflamation of the brain, specifically seen with smallpox or pertussis vaccine. Small pox is no longer used in the states and the pertussis vaccine has been purified so that we rarely see problems any more. Read more...

What is the vaccination schedule/ program for various age group?

Vaccine schedules. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/ Schedules vary by age and previous immunization status. The CDC updates immunization schedules annually on their website. Read more...

Please tell me what sorts of vaccinations and immunizations can I get to prevent getting sick?

Ask your doctor. You should ask your doctor to review what vaccines you have already had, so that they can recommend any you still may need. There are many vaccine-preventable diseases, so you should make sure you've had those immunizations. You can check the American Academy of Pediatrics website for childhood vaccines and the CDC website for vaccines recommended for adults as well as certain travel. Read more...

What is the vaccination for inflammation of the brain called?

Vaccination. There are certain vaccines that are aimed to prevent meningitis, but I am not aware of a vaccine to prevent brain inflammation. Read more...

What travel vaccinations are needed to go to South Africa?

Vaccines for travel. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list Check out this interactive website! You can learn about which vaccines are recommended for travel to a particular area of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a similar feature, and also has information about current outbreaks of disease. Have a great trip and safe travels. Read more...

What number of different vaccinations should a child received by the age of 6 months?

Vaccine schedule. This is a complete vaccine schedule; the one I use, from the CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html. Read more...

What are the are vaccinations you need as an adult?

Adult vaccinations. If you haven't had ANY vaccinations, the list is extensive. You can get a full immunization schedule at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf. Read more...
CDC reference. The CDC website has lists of the recommended schedules based upon age and previous vaccination history. Check out the site below to find the schedule that most matches your situation. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/syndicate.html. Read more...

What travel vaccinations are needed to go to Thailand?

Vaccines for travel. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list Check out this interactive website! You can learn about which vaccines are recommended for travel to a particular area of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a similar feature, and also has information about current outbreaks of disease. Have a great trip and safe travels. Read more...