A virus needs your help to survive! In order for a virus to reproduce, it needs a host; an animal (including humans), plant, or a type of bacteria. The virus inserts itself into each cell, replicates, and kills the host cell, releasing more viruses that repeat this process.
Viral infections can be difficult to treat because the virus lives inside our cells. Do not fear! We can prevent viruses from infecting us by receiving preventative vaccines!
Vaccines work by arming your body with a defense before you contract a virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention “vaccines help develop immunity by imitating an infection. This type of infection, however, does not cause illness, but it does cause the immune system to produce T-lymphocytes and antibodies. “
However, it can take a couple of weeks for your body to build full immunity. It is important to practice good personal hygiene, to eat a healthy diet and be physically active while your body is hard at work building your defense systems. Speak with your physician today about vaccines may be appropriate for you.
Did You Know?
- August is National Immunization Awareness Month.
- There are many factors that determine vaccines adults may need including age, lifestyle, health conditions, job, and travel.
- Vaccines can cause some side effects, mostly mild. Consult with your physician or health care provider before receiving a vaccine.
- There are many myths about vaccinations.
The Right Vaccine for You
All adults should receive:
- Annual flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu
- Td/Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis
Some additional vaccines you may need (depending on your age, health conditions and other factors) include:
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MedlinePlus National Institutes for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.