Shots Can Keep You Healthy
Shots keep you healthy.
- Some shots keep you from getting sick.
- These shots are called immunizations or vaccinations.
You can get a shot to help protect you from:
- Measles, mumps, and rubella
- Tetanus and diphtheria
- Chickenpox and shingles
The shots you need may depend on whether:
- You are a man or a woman
- You are old or young
- Good health or bad
To decide which shots you need, your doctor will:
- Examine you
- Look at your medical records
- Review your health history
- Talk to you about your health
What happens when you get a shot?
- Most shots are given
- With a needle
- In your arm
- The doctor or nurse will give you a shot
After you get a shot:
- The place you got the shot may feel sore, red, or swollen
- Other parts of your body may also feel sore
- You may feel warm or have a low fever
Tell someone right away if:
- You feel dizzy
- You have trouble breathing
- You get a rash (pink or red bumps on your skin)
- Your heart starts beating really fast
- These may be signs you need to see a doctor.
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