By Argyle Family Practice
October 21, 2020
The important role vaccines play in our daily lives has rarely been as evident as it is today. It's as good a time as ever to verify that you and your children are keeping up with their immunization schedules. To find out if you are, and to learn more, get in contact with your family doctors Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX.
The Role of Vaccines
A strong immune system can prevent pathogens from invading your body, or track them down and eliminate these invaders when they manage to breach.
But even the strongest immune systems will struggle against pathogens they don't know.
That's where vaccines come in.
Vaccines teach your immune system to recognize pathogens by introducing a harmless version of them into your body. These can be a sugar or a protein that makes up the pathogen, or a dead or weakened virus. This prepares your body for when it's confronted with the real thing.
The often misunderstood term, herd immunity, is achieved when vaccines are so widespread that it nearly eliminates the possibility that someone susceptible will come in contact with a targeted disease.
This goal has been achieved with diseases that once were so pervasive and damaging, such as polio, tetanus, and polio, to name a few. Even though they have threatened a resurgence in recent years due to unfounded fears about immunizations.
Get Your Immunizations in Argyle, TX
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a recommended vaccination schedule that helps protect you and your children from the most common diseases. It is based on research by the country's top professionals, built around when each immunization will be most effective.
Keeping track of these on your own may be difficult, it is why a family physician is key to maintaining the health of all of your loved ones. With all your records in one place, and with doctors who know you and your history, it becomes easier to prevent, diagnose, and treat concerns when they arise.
Make an appointment today with Dr. Hughes and Dr. Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, by dialing (940) 226-4850.