Velocity Care shares the importance of vaccines
Everyone remembers that series of doctor's visits and shots as a kid and those dreaded few seconds of pain before you got a sticker and lollipop. Little did you know you were playing a part in one of the world’s biggest fights against disease.
Getting vaccinated for certain diseases stimulates your immune system, allowing it to identify whatever bacteria or virus is associated with the vaccine. Immunization is what happens in your body after the vaccination. Your immune system recognizes the vaccine as an invasive organism, which in turn, produces immunity and future protection from infection.
The era of measles, mumps and rubella outbreaks are a thing of the past in most of today’s world. The Black Death is a horror story in a history book, and polio is a virus some don’t even remember. The accomplishments in the medical and research fields are plenty, but the fight against disease continues, and it will take everyone's help to win the battle.
World Immunization Week
The last week in April marks World Immunization Week. During this week, the aim is to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease as well as to celebrate the tremendous successes of the Close the Immunization Gap campaign created by the World Health Organization (WHO) last year.
Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.
Notable facts about immunizations:
- Immunizations avert an estimated two to three million deaths every year.
- They prevent illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases, including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhea, rubella and tetanus.
- Thanks to immunizations, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide.
- Immunizations offer protection for future generations.
The WHO has helped provide immunizations globally, but there are still an estimated 18.7 million infants missing out on basic vaccines. Be a part of the solution this year and ensure you and your family are up to date on your immunization records.
Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center understands that it can be difficult to determine which vaccines are necessary to keep you and your family healthy. We can help answer your immunization questions and provide your family with the most current vaccinations, including the flu vaccine. Be sure to visit www.velocitycare.com to find a walk-in clinic near you.
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