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A one-year vaccine for oral polio vaccine. (Getty/George Frey)
Vaccines aren’t the only medicine, as we know, that can make us sick and the first year is the worst of them all. Even if we follow the strict guidelines, you are only protected from getting sick from the first year of life if you have a severe case of pertussis or a live attenuated measles, mumps and rubella. These are the diseases that make our bodies develop a large, thick mucus layer, just in case everything goes wrong in the first few days of life. The worst disease we fall victim to is infection by a virus, and we can only get it from an unvaccinated patient. So many diseases, it may surprise you how easy it is for us to make this one trip to the hospital. So simple, yet so deadly, yet so common, yet so rarely seen.
The only time you ever get a severe illness on a regular basis in medical school is the first year of your medical degree and even then will still be at the whim of doctors. If you stay away from the doctor, do it at your own risk and go back if your symptoms persist. If you don’t have a doctor, don’t worry about getting your shots. If you don’t feel like traveling, don’t care, you have other options.
So get vaccinated!