Care for One Another- Immunize!

Care for One Another- Immunize!

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“Dear children, let us love not with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” ~ 1 John 3:18
 
The novel coronavirus pandemic has caused uncertainty, fear, and loss of control in many areas of our lives.  However, there are things which we still have within our control.  Maintaining our general health is still possible. Healthcare providers are working diligently to provide safe medical visits. Preventive care, including immunization, is even more important now.
 
Immunization protects individuals and communities from outbreaks of preventable diseases. Even in the midst of the pandemic it is important to check with your healthcare provider to schedule routine immunizations for children, adolescents, and adults. When we are vaccinated against a disease our bodies build immunity to keep us from getting sick. If enough people in the community are vaccinated, those who are unable to get vaccinated due to health-related problems get some protection, because there is less disease spread in the community. This is called community immunity.
 
Outbreaks of diseases like polio, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, HPV, Hepatitis, and chicken pox that can cause severe illness and even death are preventable with vaccination. Immunizations recommended in adulthood protect against, pneumonia, shingles, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. The annual influenza vaccine is critical to reduce respiratory illnesses that lead to medical visits, hospitalizations and burden on the healthcare system during the pandemic.
 
God calls on us to love our neighbor as ourselves; keeping our immunizations up to date is one way to love our neighbor!
 
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on immunizations as schools consider how to re-open. Check with your healthcare provider now.  Make sure you and your loved ones are up to date on your immunizations. Your healthcare providers are working hard to administer vaccinations safely during the pandemic, so do not delay!
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control provide informative practical immunization guidance for all ages.

Recommended Adult Vaccines
Recommended Vaccinations Birth – 6 years
 

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Deborah Ringen

Deborah Ringen is Transitional Minister of Health and Wellness for the Southern New England Conference, UCC.

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