Immunization shots, or vaccinations, are essential because they protect against things like measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). Immunizations are important for adults as well as for children.

Your immune system helps your body fight germs by producing substances to combat them. Once it does, the immune system "remembers" the germ and can fight it again. Vaccines contain germs that have been killed or weakened. When given to a healthy person, the vaccine triggers the immune system to respond and build immunity.

Before vaccines, people became immune by actually getting a disease and surviving it. Immunizations are an easier and less risky way to become immune.

  • Immunizations for a Healthy Pregnancy

    Like most moms-to-be, you want to give your baby a healthy start in life. Immunizations are a safe way to protect you and your baby from some harmful diseases.

  • Immunizations for Newborns

    Immunizations (vaccines) are an important way to protect your baby from life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are among the safest and most effective preventive measures. Vaccines work best when they are given at certain ages, with some vaccines given over a series of properly spaced doses. They are started at birth and many are required before starting school.

  • Immunizations for Women

    Getting regular checkups, preventive screening tests, and immunizations are among the most important things you can do for yourself. Review the following guidelines for immunizations and use the charts to remind yourself of when you need to see your doctor.

Copyright © , Intermountain Healthcare, All rights reserved.