Immunization is one of the more popular health and wellness topics lately. Current events like
measles outbreaks in public parks have led to heightened controversy over the issue of
immunizing versus not immunizing, particularly children. Such outbreaks seem to make their
own argument for the benefits of immunizing. Since it’s National Immunization Awareness
Month, here are some points to consider.
Vaccination is a proven method for preventing disease and the spread of sickness. Staying up to
date on shots is one of the most effective ways to keep family members and friends safe and
protected from diseases out there. Immunizations do not cause sickness. If someone gets the flu
soon after being vaccinated, it is most likely that they developed a rare strain of the flu that was
not yet accounted for in the most recent flu vaccination. That is why it is important to get the flu
vaccination every year. It changes and needs updating.
Babies and Children
It is especially important for babies and children to receive vaccinations against illness. Their
immune systems are still developing and require an extra layer of protection. Doctors
recommend vaccination in nearly all cases, except in rare cases of medical necessity. Families
with babies and children should consult pediatricians about when and how to vaccinate babies.
Even babies younger than 12 months can and should receive the flu vaccination. Some
vaccinations are not appropriate until later, so again, parents and families should speak to their
For those who are skeptical, they should be straightforward with their doctors when asking about
the benefits of vaccinating versus not. It is appropriate to ask for studies, statistics, and other
Vaccination is equally important for teens, adults, and especially pregnant women. Vaccinations
are customized toward each demographic and their specific needs. When people are not sure
whether their vaccinations are up to date, it’s time to see the doctor. Everyone should keep track
of their immunization records. It is just as important for a person’s individual health as it is for
everyone who comes in contact with that person.
There are many things people can do to increase awareness about the importance and the benefits
of vaccination. It is easy to spread the word by simply talking to family members, friends, and
neighbors about the facts. People in the community who write newsletters or participate in other
groups, such as religious or community events, can publish immunization information and
distribute it to the community that way.
There are also plenty of ways to spread awareness online, through social media and sharing of
posts and facts through tweeting, pinning, and more. A great wealth of information is free and it
is easy for anyone to share. Immunization is an essential factor in the health and wellness of
every member of the community and the nation, and it is everyone’s responsibility to be
informed and current in their vaccinations.