The Importance of Vaccination
As parents, we want our children to be happy and healthy. Few things are more frightening to a parent than the prospect of their child being severely ill.
Thanks to the development of vaccines, common diseases that used to cripple or kill people in the past are no longer a threat to us. This is why it is vital to get to know the importance of vaccination.
Thanks to a vaccine, we can now easily avoid diseases such as polio, whooping cough, measles, rubella (German measles), mumps, and tetanus.
How do Vaccines Work?
The first step of understanding the importance of vaccination is to understand how they work. Vaccines are currently the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They work by creating immunity in our system.
The human body’s immune system is designed to help protect us against infections. When exposed to harmful germs, the immune system springs into action identifying the germs as foreign invaders or antigens. It then triggers a response aimed at neutralizing them and limiting their harmful effects.
Our immune system is robust. In most instances, it will develop life-long immunity to an antigen to help prevent disease in the future. However, when exposed to an antigen for the first time, it’s not always fast enough to stop it from causing an illness.
Some of these diseases may lead to severe complications and, sometimes, death. Getting vaccinated allows our body to develop immunity without any of the risks of having the disease.
The Benefits of Vaccination
- They protect you and your family from developing severe infectious diseases
- They help protect our communities from serious and potentially deadly diseases
- They reduce the incidence and can even eradicate a disease if enough people are vaccinated
- They provide the safest and fastest way to develop life-long immunity to several diseases
Which Vaccines Should Your Child Get?
Different vaccines are available from the time we are born until well into adulthood. The importance of vaccination is stipulated by the vast majority of pediatricians across the world.
This is the list of recommended vaccines from the CDC:
- Hepatitis B
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis) (DTaP)
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Polio (IPV)
- Pneumococcal (PCV)
- Rotavirus (RV)
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
- Pneumococcal (PCV)
- Hepatitis A (HepA)
- Influenza (flu) – Every year
- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
- HPV vaccine
Healthy adults over 50 should get the zoster vaccine that prevents shingles and can minimize disease complications.
In addition to their yearly flu vaccine, adults over 60 should also get the Pneumococcal vaccine.
Many of us are concerned about getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The main concern is the safety of the vaccine.
To this effect, the CDC states that all routine processes and quality control procedures remain in place to ensure every vaccine that is authorized for use is safe.
The approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines have many benefits:
- They will help prevent the disease
- They provide a safe way to develop immunity to the virus
- It will help stop the pandemic
At Prestige ER, we understand parents may have concerns about the safety and need to vaccinate their children. That is why we recommend every parent discuss the benefits of vaccinating their children with their pediatricians.
Likewise, we urge adults to speak to their doctors regarding their risk factors for specific age-related diseases like shingles and the benefits vaccination can provide.
HealthCare.gov recommends that in case of an emergency, you head straight to the closest ER.
You DO NOT need to get prior approval from your health insurance company.
They will cover expenses barring whatever your deductible and coinsurance/copayments are for emergency treatments.
Prestige ER is open and ready to care for you during an emergency in which your health is significantly jeopardized 24/7, we work with all major insurance companies and our Patient Advocate team is available to help you understand your coverage and rights. We will guide and fight for you every step of the way. For more information regarding your rights as a patient, view our Insurance Information.
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