Shots Can Keep You Healthy

Shots keep you healthy.
  • Some shots keep you from getting sick. 
  • These shots are called immunizations or vaccinations.
Flu Shots
You can get a shot to help protect you from:
  • Flu 
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella 
  • Tetanus and diphtheria 
  • Pneumonia 
  • 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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