Vaccines are able to prevent a particular disease and reduce severe cases of disease symptoms. The vaccine prevents the disease from taking hold in the body, as it stimulates the immune response to the specific disease. Most vaccines contain a very weakened or inactivated (killed) form of the virus or bacteria that usually causes the disease, or a small part of the virus or bacteria, called the antigen.
In some circumstances, a person can still get the disease even after receiving the recommended doses of the vaccine. This is due to the fact that the person does not develop sufficient immunity against the disease or the immunity weakens over time. However, in such cases, the symptoms of the disease are often milder than they would have been without vaccination. Vaccinated people are also less likely to infect others.
Mandatory vaccinations are provided free of charge to those registered at the Sokratos Family Clinic.