Vaccination is certified as one of the most effective ways of curbing and prevention of infectious diseases. The term is interchangeably used with immunization, as vaccination provides permanent or temporary immunity against certain types of ailments or diseases. Countless lives are saved from deadly infectious diseases perennially across the world thanks to vaccinations. The practice has been in existence since the 1700’s, with records showing that Turks, British and Germans as well as Chinese and Indians inoculated fluids from milder smallpox cases to prevent smallpox.

One of the reasons why you should get vaccinated is that today, there have been tremendous efforts at developing vaccines that are not only effective in the prevention of viral, bacterial, protozoan and helminthiasis but other infection types as well. In the US and other developed countries for instance, vaccination has aided in the reduction and elimination of certain infectious diseases that affect other countries. Children, in particular, need to get vaccinated regularly especially in the first two years of their lives. Some of the vaccines they are subjected to include vaccinations for Chickenpox, hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, Rotavirus, Polio, Measles and Pneumococcal. For adults, some of the vaccines that are commonly administered include HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), Meningococcal, Varicella and influenza shots.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has severally asserted that infections that can be prevented through vaccines have both social and economic costs like lost working hours for adults and missed school days for kids. Other costs incurred include medicine, hospitalizations, doctor consultations and in extreme cases, premature deaths. If you are planning to travel to a foreign country, at the very top of your to-do list should be getting travel vaccinations. This is because certain countries have unique diseases that your body has not been accustomed to. These travel vaccinations should be taken at least four to six weeks prior to the trip since most vaccines take long to become effective in the body.