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Shots Can Keep You Healthy

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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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Last updated on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 15:04