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August 12, 2013

Reflections on Immunizations

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Whooping cough is going around! It really is, and it is very harmful to both infants and older adults.

Tetanus, also, is a terrible thing, and unless you wrap yourself in cotton wool and do nothing that might cause a cut or scrape – including petting your cat that might scratch you – you need a tetanus immunization every six to 10 years. It’s a bacteria too, and it can cause lockjaw.

Small pox and polio have, in the western world, been cut down to size by immunizations; but if people refuse the shots for themselves and their children, they are not just risking their family’s health, but they are taking a risk that the diseases will return globally. I sure don’t want to be responsible for that.

A new vaccine is that for shingles. You know about shingles, don’t you?

If you had chicken pox as a child you are carrying around the shingles/herpes virus in your body. And, let me tell you, you don’t want to get this disease.  Now, I know this vaccine won’t necessarily prevent shingles, but it will keep the case mild. I have known people who were almost crippled from shingles, and I have heard it is the worst imaginable pain. Do you like pain?  I don’t!

And now immunizations are so easy to get. You don’t have to go to the doctor or to the public health center. You can go to your local pharmacy, and the pharmacist can inoculate you! We just go down to Waddy’s and Robert or Eddie gives us our shots. You can get your annual flu shots there and pneumonia vaccines, as well!

I know shots are a pain – literally – and they cost a little, but not being vaccinated is not worth your health, is it?

 

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