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Why Are Vaccines Important?

January 29, 2020   22 Comments

Why are vaccines important? Vaccines are considered one of the biggest medical breakthrough of our age.

Why Are Vaccines Important?

What if I told you that there was a land with rainbows and no illness? That destination would be created with vaccines. Of course, that place doesn’t exist - yet. I mean look at what you can vaccinate against now - cancer (via Human Papilloma Virus), Hepatitis, Shingles, the FLU! I mean these are incredible tools to keep us healthy.

Why am I talking about vaccines?

Earlier in the month, I posted 48 words from a doctor on how to get healthy. The first two words are "Don't Smoke." The second two words are “Get Vaccinated”.

This led me to thinking about my own vaccination record. Sure, I had made sure my kids got their shots. I will never forget the look on my baby boy’s face when he was vaccinated. He was all happy and smiling at the nurse and then, “WaaaaaaaaAAAAAHHHH!” He was horrified! He screamed all the way to the car and then got distracted by a dog on the sidewalk.

I know it is not fun. Who wants a needle near them? But, the risks from vaccines are far less than the risks of getting the diseases they prevent against.

As you get older, you might think that you are done with vaccines (as I did). But, guess what? I am traveling to Indonesia in the summer (Hepatitis A & B are recommended) and there is a new Shingles vaccine for people over 50. No, I am not done with vaccinations.

What about the flu vaccine that is promoted every year? Do you make sure you get it? You can still get it (even though it is the end of January) and it can be beneficial says the CDC Flu Vaccine Facts page.

From You are Unvaccinated and Got Sick. These Are Your Odds:

The 2017-18 influenza epidemic was an especially bad one, resulting in an estimated 45 million illnesses nationwide, according to the C.D.C.

An estimated 810,000 people were hospitalized and 61,000 people died, including 643 children. The majority of children who die from influenza have not received the flu vaccine.

I get the flu vaccine every year because it means that I am protected from all kinds of flu viruses. Every year, scientists make their best guess what the flu season is going to serve up and they create the flu vaccine.

This flu vaccine is a mix of dead viruses that your immune system will now know how to destroy before you get the flu. Isn’t that amazing? If you get the vaccine year after year, you are getting more and more possible immunity for all the flu viruses that might come along.

I mean vaccines are important to your health! My advice is to stop worrying about the cheesecake you ate last night and get yourself to your health provider and ask if your vaccinations are up to date.

Have you been lagging on your vaccinations? What is holding you back? Can I drive you to the doctor?

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First 20 Comments: ( See all 22 )

This is such an important message! Thank you so much for helping get the word out!!

on January 30, 2020

I strongly agree. And I believe our vax also help those who can't be vaccinated like newborns or others with compromised immunity problems.

on January 30, 2020

@BarbL - absolutely right! Our vaccinations stop the spread of the disease and protect others who (for whatever reason) cannot get vaccinated. Thank you for your comment!

on January 30, 2020

Yes!!!!!

on January 30, 2020

Thank you for using your platform to help spread this important news. More people have died from the flu this year than the Corona virus.

on January 30, 2020

Great post! Thanks for sharing!

on January 30, 2020

I know some people who can't get immunized because of allergies or such. They need those of us who CAN get vaccinated to do it to help protect them with the "herd immunity." But there are so many people who think the only reason vaccines are pushed is because the pharmaceutical companies only want the money. The mother of one of my grandkids is like this. I told her she needed to do some research on the diseases we immunize against. Like polio that was first called infantile paralysis. Seeing the picture of kids in iron longs can be eye opening.

on January 30, 2020

My husband died in Dec 2017 from the influenza. It was devastating. He contracted it on an airplane (doctor's guess as he had be away on business). If only everyone was vaccinated. I think people forget you can easily be a carrier of the deadly virus. It is no way to see your loved ones die.

on January 30, 2020

THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS MOST IMPORTANT TOPIC. I TOO LIKE SOME OTHERS HAVE DEAR FRIENDS WHO BELIEVE IN HOLISTIC MEDICINE & NONE OF THEIR 5 CHILDREN HAVE THEIR SHOTS. THEY DO GO TO A RELIGEOUS SCHOOL. THEY USE THIS TO PROTEST.

REALLY, I AGREE 100% WITH YOU & OTHERS. I HOPE YOU HAVE HELPED SOME TO UNDERSTAND & THEY ALL PASS THIS ON. GOD BLESS YOU FOR USING THIS SITE TO SAVE LIVES. anneippi

on January 30, 2020

As a public health professional I say: thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

on January 30, 2020

Thank you for speaking on the subject, as there are too many people that feel there reasons not to! Talk to your Dr and have him explain vaccinations and don't listen to the most recent person in the media to share their personal opinion!

on January 30, 2020

Thank you Snack-Girl! Such important information. And thank you for putting cheesecake in perspective!

on January 30, 2020

My dr recently gave me a whooping cough booster along with my tetanus shot.

I’m glad you are using your voice to support vaccines.

on January 30, 2020

Thanks so much for posting this! It is even more important than eating right which is also important. I got my flu shot, shingles shot, pneumonia shot and the TDAP without which my niece won’t let anyone visit her baby.

on January 30, 2020

Thank you for addressing this topic. I wholeheartedly agree, get vaccinated. I have family who don't believe in getting their kids vaccinated. It's disturbing to me. Protects our communities for sure.

on January 30, 2020

Thank you for this very important post! Getting vaccinated helps to protect vulernable populations around you who can't get the vaccine yet(infants, people undergoing cancer treatment). These diseases are deadly and terrifying. I know someone who's 6-month-old child stopped breathing and first responders performed CPR, he was hospitalized for Whooping Couch (Pertussis) and is okay. When you are getting a vaccine, picture all of those people you are helping to protect

on January 30, 2020

Talk to your doctor and ask about the shingles vaccination. We have had shingles and it is one of the most painful things we ever had. Hubby had it on his face and it nearly blinded one eye. Along with the whooping cough/tetnus combo it is very important. There are alternatives for those who may have allergies. Just let your doctor know if you do. Thanks Lisa for bringing this to light on your website.

on January 30, 2020

Bless you, Snack Girl.

on January 30, 2020

They make the needles SO SHARP now, you can barely feel them going in. They are cut on the diagonal. If you feel a sting - it is the meds going in that makes the sting. It only stings for a few seconds - I tell my child - it works! She never cries.

on January 30, 2020

I agree! Thank you for your post. We must take care of people as a whole community.

on January 30, 2020

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