Benefits of Vaccines

Hello West Side Momskid-flu-shot!! I would like to share some information with you about why it’s a good thing to vaccinate yourself and your family. Despite the fact that vaccinations are recommended by the Center for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics, there is still a lot of controversy surrounding whether you should or shouldn’t’ vaccinate. Let me shares some reasons why you SHOULD vaccinate yourself and your family.

• Vaccinations against illnesses protect you from getting that disease! It’s amazing!! Before vaccines, the only way to get immunity from the disease was to get the disease itself, which then of course meant suffering through all the uncomfortable (and hopefully not deadly) symptoms, yuck! It’s a lot easier to get one little poke that it is to treat a disease.

• By protecting yourself and your little ones from a disease, it means that if there is an outbreak of the disease, you will be protected AND you won’t pass the disease on to others. No one wants to be that person that got everyone sick!! It’s good for the community, public health!!

• We don’t really think of money when we thing of our loved one’s health but it’s much cheaper to vaccinate than it is to treat a disease.

• Have you heard of people that got the flu shot but still ended up with the flu? No it’s not an urban legend, the flu shot protects you from the top 5 flu viruses that are expected to be the most common for that year. So it’s still possible to get sick with other viruses that were not in the flu shot. BUT (and this parts really cool!!) even if you get the flu shot and you still get the flu, it helps shorten the length and severity of the illness. When you are lying in bed with a fever and aching all over, just remember it could have been a whole lot worse if you didn’t get that flu shot.

• Pregnant women can and should get certain vaccinations (especially the flu shot and Tdap) while they are pregnant; it’s like vaccinating your baby while they are still inside of you!!! And no poke for baby, only mom. Moms want to protect their little ones from pain, so go ahead mom and take that shot to help protect your baby.

Vaccinations are a good thing! Go and speak to your doctor about any questions or concerns you have, they can help you make a good and informed decision. Keep up the good work West Side Moms!!!!!

God bless all of you!

Fiona Smith PHN, RN


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