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About Vaccines:
Why Vaccinate?

Vaccines may help save up to 3 million lives around the world each year. They may give people long-term, and sometimes lifelong, protection against certain infectious diseases. Vaccines are usually recommended during early childhood to help prevent diseases like measles and chickenpox. They also play an important role in adolescence and adulthood.

We may need vaccines to help protect us from:
  • conditions that affect adults
  • diseases we’re exposed to while traveling
  • new threats like COVID-19

Getting a vaccine is a good way to help protect yourself against some of the world’s most challenging infectious diseases. Please consult a local qualified healthcare professional to see if vaccination is right for you.

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And by getting vaccinated, you help to:

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Reduce the spread of disease to loved ones

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Build herd immunity, which helps prevent a disease from spreading in a community

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Help protect people who can’t be vaccinated, like newborns or those with chronic illnesses

How our vaccines work

Protein subunit technology uses small, harmless pieces of a virus that teach your body how to recognize the actual virus and attack it if you get infected. This technology has been used before in vaccines for the seasonal flu, the human papillomavirus (HPV), and hepatitis B. Novavax is using the same well-established technology in our vaccine development.

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Planning For
The Future

To help keep us protected over time, some vaccines may require a booster shot. This is an additional dose of a vaccine to “boost” your immunity against a virus.

Booster shots are needed for 2 reasons:
A person’s immunity after getting certain vaccines can lessen over time, but a booster shot can help strengthen your protection
Certain viruses, like the flu, are constantly changing and evolving. Vaccines may need to be updated from one season to the next to continue helping protect us from different versions of the virus, sometimes called variants

For example, the guidelines for booster shots for COVID-19 continue to be updated, so it’s important to keep up with the latest news to see if you or your loved ones are eligible. You can also talk to your healthcare provider.

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Whether you’re getting your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster shot, your doctor can help you choose the option that best meets your needs.