August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Author Tori Muguia RVT- Pet Emergency Education Instructor, Dallas, TX

What are vaccines?

Vaccines are products designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare the immune system to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines stimulate the immune system’s production of antibodies that identify and destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body. Vaccines provide immunity against one or several diseases that can lessen the severity or prevent certain diseases altogether.

Why is it important to vaccinate my pet?

Experts agree that widespread use of vaccinations within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases and improve your pet’s overall quality of life.

Do vaccinations ensure protection?

For most pets, vaccination is effective in preventing future disease and only rarely will a vaccinated pet have insufficient immunity to fight off the disease.  It is important to follow the vaccination schedule provided by your veterinarian to reduce the possibility of a gap in protection.

For more information visit: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/vaccinations.aspx

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