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Disease prevention is crucial to your health. Getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to maintain good health, and protect you and those you care about against infectious diseases. Vaccinations offer protection against serious diseases by stimulating the immune system to create antibodies against certain bacteria or viruses.

Get vaccine guidance from Mayo Clinic, including benefits, safety, side effects and what to know about recommended vaccines for babies, children, teens, adults and during pregnancy. For recommended vaccines based on age, refer to the adult or child and adolescent schedules.

Review the history of infectious disease outbreaks and vaccines timeline for information about major disease outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics, and the impact of vaccines and research.

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Answers to 3 common questions about measles

Measles was declared eliminated from the U.S., but cases are returning. Get answers to common questions about measles, and read why vaccination is the best defense against the spread of the virus.

Sarah Scherger MD By Sarah Scherger May 17, 2024

Bronchiolitis in children: Understanding cause, symptoms, concerns

For parents, the symptoms of a viral illness are worrisome in infants and young children. Learn about a lower respiratory viral infection called bronchiolitis and symptoms to watch for in children.

January 11, 2024

6 common flu misconceptions

Common myths about the flu may keep you from taking the necessary steps to protect yourself from the illness. Learn the truth about lowering your risk — starting with the annual flu vaccine.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson December 22, 2023

Upper respiratory infection season has arrived

Signs of fall and winter are appearing, temperatures are cooling and cases of flu, strep throat and RSV are increasing. Read four things to know during this year's upper respiratory infection season.

October 2, 2023

Expert answers about new COVID-19 vaccine

The FDA approved a COVID-19 vaccine that targets current variants. A Mayo Clinic expert explains who should get this vaccine and if it can be given at the same time as the annual influenza vaccine.

September 15, 2023

Vaccine safety: Answers to 6 common questions

Vaccines have prevented millions of cases of infectious diseases like smallpox, polio and measles. Read why vaccines are the best defense against certain diseases, and get answers to common questions.

August 29, 2023

Why childhood vaccinations matter

You protect your community and children when they're vaccinated. Learn about the benefits of vaccines, and get answers to common questions.

Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy August 7, 2023

What should you do if you have COVID-19 or flu?

Unsure if you have flu or COVID-19? Symptoms can be similar. Find out what to do, and how to self-manage symptoms and use the Check Symptoms tool.

Muhanad Mohamed, M.D. By Muhanad Mohamed January 30, 2023

9 common questions about vaccines and travel

Planning a trip overseas can be exciting. Learn why you should schedule an appointment with a travel medicine specialist to get the vaccinations and information you need to be healthy and safe on your journey.

Bharath Raj Varatharaj Palraj MD By Raj Palraj January 3, 2023

Watch out for winter mishaps

Winter is beautiful, but it does come with risks. Take steps to prevent falls, hypothermia, frostbite and more so you can remain in good health and enjoy the splendor of the season.

December 8, 2022

When to seek medical help for RSV or flu symptoms in children

With an early increase in RSV and influenza cases, a Mayo Clinic expert shares three things parents can watch for when determining if they should seek care for a sick child.

November 18, 2022

Even grown-ups need vaccinations

Adults outgrow many things, but not the need to keep up on vaccinations. From pneumonia to tetanus, adult vaccines reduce illnesses. Learn which ones adults need and what they do.

Abby Bartz CNP By Abby Bartz June 8, 2022