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.
- You have good or bad health.
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.
When you get a shot:
The doctor or nurse will give you a shot.
Most shots will be given with a needle in your arm.
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.