Immunization currently prevents between 2–3 million deaths every year. With improved vaccination rates, it is estimated another 1.5 million deaths could be avoided.
Vaccines effectively protect against a range of diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, influenza, and many others. Risk for infection and severe complications that can lead to long-term disabilities, hospitalization or even death are reduced with vaccinations.
Immunizations not only protect individuals but also create herd immunity. Herd immunity occurs when a large number of the population or community get vaccinated, and as a result, those who cannot receive vaccines (due to medical conditions or age) are also protected.
If you are curious which vaccines you may be eligible for, or think you have health conditions that may prevent you from getting vaccinated, talk to your Moose Pharmacist today.
Truth or Myth: Pregnant women can't get vaccinated. Myth! According to the CDC, many vaccines are safe for pregnant women and their babies, including Flu, Tdap, and COVID-19. During pregnancy, vaccination builds antibodies that can help protect the baby.
Truth or Myth: Vaccines make you sick and give you the virus. Myth! Injection site reactions occur after vaccine administration and are very normal. If you experience sore arms, aches, and fatigue, it does NOT mean you have the virus, it means the components of the vaccine have initiated the correct response from your immune system. Your body is learning how to fight the virus the next time you encounter it!