Also known as vaccination, immunization is the process or procedure by which a subject (person, animal, or plant) is rendered immune, or resistant to a specific disease.
A vaccine to prevent cervical cancer?
Gardasil™ has been approved for use by females aged 9-26. Studies show that the vaccine offers protection against HPV types 16 and 18, which cause 70% of cervical cancers.
Immunization guidelines for older adults
Older adults are particularly susceptible to some of the infections that can be prevented by vaccination.
Immunization guidelines for children
Childhood vaccines are generally very safe. In the United States, vaccines have resulted in record-low levels of certain childhood diseases.
Visit a travel clinic before going abroad
Travel health clinics provide an essential service to those bound for foreign destinations—whether you need inoculations before your trip, antibiotics to take along with you, or follow-up care after your return. So, if your vacation checklist includes a passport, don’t leave home without visiting a travel health clinic.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Immunization Action Coalition