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How do vaccines work in teens?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Vaccines contain weakened, dead, or partial viruses or bacteria that stimulate your body to develop antibodies to the specific virus that causes disease. If you then become infected with that real virus, your body will immediately recognize it and send off its army to attack and destroy the invaders. Most vaccines are given to babies, toddlers, and children under ten, but here are a few vaccines commonly given during adolescence that you should be aware of. (Just remember—always get your vaccinations after a full night’s sleep and several days of perfect food choices and daily multivitamins; never get a vaccine when you’re already sick and your immune system is compromised.)

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