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Vaccines are weakened microbes, fragments of a microbe, or something that resembles the microbe of bacteria or virus that are exposed to the body to prepare the body against a particular disease. Once administered, the active substances in the vaccine meet and prepares the body's immune system, immune cells, and antibodies to recognize and destroy the real microbe.

Strengthen Your Immunity

Vaccinations prevent you or your family from getting diseases such as COVID-19 and Polio, which have no medical treatments. These diseases can result in serious complications, leading to hospitalization or even death. Vaccines prepare your immune system against diseases by training it to fight the virus or bacteria if you are exposed. It is better to be prepared for a fight than not. If exposure to disease occurs in a community, there is little to no risk of an epidemic if people have been immunized.

Reduce Chances of Hospitalization

A vaccine will provide adequate and prolonged protection against the disease or the disease severity. According to CDC, among adults aged 65–74 years, the effectiveness of full vaccination for preventing hospitalization for coronavirus disease was 96% for Pfizer-BioNTech, 96% for Moderna, and 84% for Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccination doses vary from vaccine to vaccine and depending on the disease reoccurrence. For some, there is a need for a booster dose yearly or later in life for adequate and effective protection such as vaccines against flu, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, and pertussis, and on travel vaccines. Vaccination protects children, old people, and people with chronic diseases from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases such as COVID-19, which can lead to hospitalization and or even death.

Protect Your Loved Ones

Vaccines protect us against bacterial and viral diseases such as COVID-19, Polio, Flu, Tuberculosis, etc. Vaccination protects you, your family and friends, and all other people you care about including your grandparents, leaders, and mentors. Children should be vaccinated because they can spread disease to people they interact with and other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer or diabetes.

Simple and Cheaper Protection Method

Some vaccines are free by the government hospitals such as Polio, COVID-19, while others are available in private and government hospitals at cheap and affordable prices. Other vaccines are administered once and can protect you for the rest of your life. They are simple to administer, for example, an injection, oral droplets, or orally drinkable vaccine. Getting immunized costs less than getting treated for the diseases that the shots protect you from. It is easy and cheaper to manage and control an outbreak of preventable diseases that may occur when many people willingly and voluntarily decide to be vaccinated.

No Harmful Effects

A vaccine activates our immune system without making us sick. Vaccines are tested and verified for human health before administration. Vaccines undergo long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and the federal government to make sure they are of good quality, safe, and effective for human health and all side effects are known to avoid any unknown harmful effects that may happen. Most vaccines are tolerable by all ages from infants to old persons, but always consult your doctor before and after getting a vaccine for advice or any other query.

In Kenya, all vaccination is voluntary


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