The Importance of Vaccinations

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I’m Kristen Vinueza, the Nurse Practitioner in the Primary Care unit at UT Health Austin. So with immunizations, I think people sometimes forget and think, “oh, kids need their vaccines,” but actually adults need to get them as well. It’s important for everyone to play a role in protecting people in the community.

Vaccinations protect you from a variety of things, including viruses and bacterial infections, like Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, and more. And these are important to get because you are not only protecting yourself, because these infections can be transmitted very easily, but also to protect those in the community that are more vulnerable to infections such as those who cannot be vaccinated due to some medical condition or allergies.

This is called herd immunity, which means that although not everyone can be vaccinated, when we vaccinate the large majority of the population, it helps to protect those who may otherwise be unable to protect themselves.

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