January 18th, 2019
Vaccinations are not just for kids!
Vaccines have greatly reduced many infections that previously killed or seriously hurt people and are especially important if you have certain health conditions such as kidney disease. By getting vaccinated you will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill or dying from these diseases and also protect the people around you. At Dallas Nephrology Associates, we encourage our patients to stay current with their vaccines and offer several different vaccines at our clinics.
Vaccines work by preparing your immune system for a possible infection by stimulating your body to produce antibodies (Antibodies are one way the body fights infection). After being vaccinated, if you should be exposed to the real infection, then your body is already prepared to fight the infection with the antibodies already in place. Some vaccines are given once, others are given yearly and others are given in a series over several months or years.
Vaccines are among the safest type of therapy that is available with millions of people being protected from serious illness. Vaccines can have side effects, but, most people who get vaccinated have no side effects or mild side effects that go away on their own within a few days. (However, patients should always ask their doctors for medical advice about the risk and benefit of vaccinations.)