Basic terms to know:
Immune system: helps our body fight infections and other diseases
Vaccine/immunization: product made from KILLED or weakened germs (so that you can’t get sick)
– administered by needle, injection, mouth, or spray
– vaccine/immunization can be used interchangeably
Why are vaccines important?
Prevent disease by stimulating immune system to produce defense (a.k.a. IMMUNITY) by being exposed to the disease
Herd (community) immunity:
– Germs/sickness travel quickly through people
– If many people get sick = OUTBREAK
“If vaccines have wiped out certain diseases in the US – can we stop getting vaccinations?”
NO. Protect yourself, your family, friends, and others.
If people are vaccinated… germs/sickness can’t travel as quickly or easily spread between people protecting the “herd” or “community.“