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What happens if I get an immunization?

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When you get an immunization, you're injected with a weakened form of (or a fragment of) a disease, such as a virus or bacteria. This triggers your body's immune response, causing it to make antibodies to fight that particular ailment or to start other processes that enhance immunity.

Then, if you're ever again exposed to the actual disease-causing organism, your immune system is prepared to fight the infection. A vaccine will usually prevent you from getting a disease or make it less severe.

From: Immunizations and Vaccines WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  CDC. National Immunization Program, CDC.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:  CDC. National Immunization Program, CDC.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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