August is National Immunization Awareness Month.
Immunizations play an important role in keeping children, families and the community safe and healthy, by helping prevent the spread of disease.
Vaccinations protect children against a number of infectious diseases by stimulating the immune system to create antibodies against certain bacteria or viruses.
Vaccines are among the safest medical products available.
Every vaccine undergoes extensive testing before it is licensed.
Over the past several decades, hundreds of millions of people have received them safely and been protected from serious infections as a result.
Most side effects from vaccinations are minor such as soreness in the injection site, or aches, pains and fever as your body develops the immune response to it.
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