Vaccines protect us from serious and sometimes deadly diseases and also prevents the spread of these diseases to others.

Vaccines play an important role in keeping us healthy. Before a vaccine is recommended for use in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure that it works and that it is safe.

For adults 65 and older, vaccines are especially important. As you get older, your immune system weakens and it can be more difficult to fight off infections. Every year, thousands of adults in the United States get sick and are hospitalized from vaccine-preventable diseases. For example, influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia.

Getting vaccinated can help you stay healthy and allow you to have more time for your family and friends. Vaccines are some of the safest medical products. But like any other medical product, there may be risks. Before getting any vaccines, consult with your doctor about which vaccines are right for you. Below are links to additional information.

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