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Receiving a vaccination activates the immune system's "memory," allowing the body to react quickly by releasing antibodies to future exposures and thereby destroying the bacteria before it can cause illness. When the body develops immunity to a specific antigen, immunizationhas occurred.

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Today in Health News

Chronic Gambling Linked to Depression, Impulsivity

Both should be treated at the same time, researchers say

Health Tip of the Day

Kids Need Limits in Their Lives

  • Sleep. Your child needs rest. Bedtime should be set after considering both the child's needs and the family routine.

  • Food. Children will resist trying new food. Parents should accept this and focus less on the quantity of food consumed and more on the nutritional quality. Parents need to teach children that health comes from eating a variety of items.

  • Aggression. Children need to learn non-violent ways to handle frustration. Anything that hurts another person is worth doing something about. It's also effective -- and important -- to "catch" your child behaving well, experts say.

Healthy Living

Smoking Cessation
You’ve heard all the reasons to stop smoking. You may have thought about quitting or even tried it a time or two. But you may need a little help. Learn how to get ready to quit, how to quit, and how to stay quit for a healthier, smoke-free future.

Health Centers

Heart Disease
Heart disease is the biggest health risk Americans face today. If you don’t have heart disease now, you can help prevent it. If you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease, you can keep it from getting worse. Here are the tools to get you started.

Your Family

Older Adult's Health
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.

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