10 Reasons Vaccinations Matter
1. You may be at risk for serious illnesses that could be prevented by vaccines. Many of these diseases (like influenza, whooping cough and meningitis) are common in the US.
2. If you have a chronic health condition or weakened immune system, you may be more at risk. Adults with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease and those with weakened immune systems often get even sicker from certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
3. You can reduce the chance that you'll pass on a serious disease to your loved ones. Most vaccine-preventable disease can be contagious. Getting your shots reduces the risk that you get sick and spread disease on to others.
4. You can help protect those who can't get vaccinated. People with certain medical conditions (like pregnant women or people undergoing cancer treatment) may not be able to get certain vaccines, but are very vulnerable to illness. Vaccines can help prevent the spread of contagious diseases to them. You don't have time to get sick. You have too much responsibility to risk getting sick, including people counting on you at work and at home. Vaccines can help you stay healthy so you don't waste time being sick.
5. You don't have time to get sick. You have too much responsibility to risk getting sick, including people counting on you at work and at home. Vaccines can help you stay healthy so you don't waste time being sick.
6. You don't want to miss what's important to you. Spending time with family and friends or working on your hobbies may not be possible if you get sick. Vaccines can help you stay healthy and enjoy the things you like to do.
7. You don't want to pay the price of getting sick. It costs money to be sick. There’s the expense of medical visits and treatment, to say nothing of the cost of taking time off work, hiring babysitters, and traveling to and from your doctor’s office.
8. You like to travel or your travel for work. Travel can be exciting, but it can also put you at risk for certain diseases. Make sure you only bring back great memories, not illness! If you are going to travel internationally, you might need additional vaccines.
9. You don't want to feel terrible if you can prevent it! No one wants to feel sick. There are more than a dozen diseases that you can protect against simply by getting vaccinated.
10. You want the peace of mind that comes with protecting your health. People sometimes wait to get vaccines until they hear of outbreaks in their community. The time to be vaccinated is before disease arrives. It's important to stay up-to-date on your immunizations because no one can predict when disease will appear.