Vaccines are important and offer long-term or sometimes lifelong protection against common diseases. Getting vaccinated protects not only yourself but those around you by limiting the spread.
- Flu Shots: You can usually expect to recover from your cold after a week, but the flu typically last longer. Because flu symptoms and related complications are more serious, it is important to protect yourself.
Travel Vaccinations: Depending on your destination, it is important to vaccinate before (and sometimes after) your trip. Make sure to book an appointment several months in advance to ensure you are fully immunized. Be sure to check whether you need any vaccines at least six weeks before your departure date, as some vaccines require more than one dose.
- Common Diseases: A simple vaccine can minimize your chances to develop certain diseases such as shingles, pneumococcal infections, tetanus, and HPV.