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Community Health Education Program


Last updated 2/2/2021 at 2:53pm


The heart is part of your body's circulatory system. The main function of your heart is to keep blood that's full of oxygen circulating throughout your body. We need our hearts to live. Which is why it is important to keep it healthy and avoid things that can hurt it.

Here are some fun facts about the amazing heart!

1. The average heart is the size of a fist in an adult

2. Your heart beats about 115,000 times each day

3. Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day

4. A woman's heart beats slightly faster than a man's heart

5. The beating sound of your heart is caused by the valves of the heart opening and closing.

6. If you were to stretch out your blood vessel system, it would extend over 60,000 miles

7. Laughing is good for your heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system.

What To Expect When Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming available in our community we have heard people express fear about getting "sick" after getting the vaccine.

When you get the COVID-19 vaccine, as with other vaccines, you may experience an "immune response." Some experience little of a response and others feel a lot of a response.

An immune response is a reaction from your immune system to a foreign antigen or invader. This is how your body defends itself against viruses and bacteria. During an immune response different types of white blood cells take action to destroy antigens. During the process antibodies are created to kill the invader. Specific antibodies are created to kill specific antigens. These antibodies stay in your body after the invader is killed and will be ready to fight off the invader again in the future.

The main goal of an immune response is to prevent your body from becoming sick. Sometimes during an immune response you might feel aches, chills, feverish, or nausea. These are all normal reactions to your body fighting off antigens and creating antibodies. You can expect an immune response after receiving a vaccine. This is a good thing! It means your body is responding and making antibodies to fight off future invaders.

Audrey German, Program Manager

Community Health Education Program

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

phone: (605) 698-4204

fax: (605) 698-4239

email: [email protected]


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