Prevention is BETTER than cure
Why are vaccinations important?
Adult and childhood vaccinations provide personal protection against important vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and help achieve herd immunity in the population.
Vaccination is important as it helps preventing the spread of infectious disease. When one is vaccinated against a certain disease, the virus is prevented from passing from one person to another hence protecting the entire community. Not only does vaccinations save millions of lives every year, it is now widely recognised as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions in the world.
What you need to know about vaccinations
Vaccines are biological products used to protect people against infectious diseases. They contain a small amount of the inactivated form of the microbe that resembles the disease-causing microorganism to 'awaken' your immune system.
Upon given the vaccine, the inactivated form of the microbe will trigger your body’s immune response. Through this, your body will start to produce antibodies to fight against the infection and increase your immunity.
Your body’s immune system will therefore increase and be ready to fight against future infections if you are ever exposed to the disease which you are vaccinated against.