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THE PORTLAND CLINIC - Dr. Mary Ellen UlmerThe issue of vaccinations can be a heated topic with passionate viewpoints, but immunizations are one of the most effective and inexpensive forms of medicine available. While every patient and family is different, the doctors and nurses at The Portland Clinic recommend the immunization schedule published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Here are some basic facts about vaccines and why they are so important.

What Is a Vaccine?

A vaccine is a medical substance injected, ingested or inhaled to help stimulate production of antibodies and build immunity against potentially damaging or fatal diseases. It works by introducing significantly weakened agents of the disease into the body, causing the patient to build a defense against the ailment.  

Herd Immunity

While vaccines are given to each individual patient, they also serve to protect the community as a whole through "herd immunity." When enough members of a population are vaccinated against a specific disease, it decreases the likelihood of anyone in that community contracting the illness.

Get the Facts

As much as we focus on childhood vaccines, there are circumstances—if you are traveling abroad, for example—where vaccinations are needed at any age. The CDC has a variety of materials available on its website you can use to research the recommended vaccines for you and your family, whether you're taking a trip, pregnant, starting school, etc.

If you have questions or concerns about vaccinating your child, we strongly encourage you to speak with your doctor, and are happy to discuss them with you during your next visit.

The Portland Clinic

Beaverton

15950 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97006

(503) 646-0161

www.theportlandclinic.com