Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Nia. Nia Wonders, “Why do we have to get shots?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Nia!
Have you ever asked the question that most kids ask when it's time to go to the doctor? “Do I have to get shots?" An answer of “no" can bring great relief, while a “yes" will likely cause groans and maybe a little dread.
Kids are not alone in feeling this way, though. Most adults don't like to get shots either.
Antibodies are special cells that help protect your body from diseases. As your body creates more antibodies in response to a germ, you then become immune to that disease.
If you encounter live germs in the future, the antibodies will help your body fight the disease. Most of the time, you won't get the disease at all, or if you do, it will be only a mild case.
But why do you have to get shots? Couldn't the doctor just give you the same medicine in an easy-to-swallow pill? Unfortunately, some medicines must be injected rather than swallowed.
If you're in school, you've probably had most of the shots you need already. You may still need to get at least one shot each year, though.
Especially as winter approaches, it's often a good idea to get a flu shot to lessen the chance that you'll catch a bad case of the flu.