This last week in April (April 25th - 30th) is designated each year for World Immunization Week.
Immunization saves millions of lives every year.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is using the theme “Vaccines bring us closer” for 2021.
WHO will be focusing on uniting their partners and individuals around the world to:
- Increase trust and confidence in vaccines to maintain or increase vaccine acceptance.
- Increase investment in vaccines, including routine immunizations, to remove barriers to access.
This week is more important this year than probably any other time in our history.
Eradication of disease and particularly, ending our current pandemic has risen to the top of our priority list.
For those who allowed our children’s vaccinations to fall behind during shutdown, now is to the time to catch up.
As a parent, we know you are wondering when and IF you should have your children vaccinated for COVID-19.
The answer is an emphatic yes! As soon as deemed safe by the CDC and the two major manufacturers after safe and effective clinical trials on younger age groups.
Previously, we have published several articles about the anti-vaxxer movement, as well as the misinformation being projected.
It is important to remember that measles and other diseases have been eradicated by vaccines.
Sadly, in 2019 there was an outbreak of measles that cost lives and cost everyone money due to this misinformation. There is a large amount of information out there for your review if you do your own research. You can make your own informed decision.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% of Americans who contract measles end up in the hospital, while 1 to 3 in every 1,000 die. That is one too many, for a preventable disease. Below are our past articles discussing measles and anti-vaxxers:
Personally, after vast amounts of research into this very touchy subject, I now have a very definite opinion regarding vaccinations. Just FYI: I just finished my second vaccination for COVID-19. Having autoimmune deficiencies, I chose to protect myself and my family from sustaining further loss due to the pandemic.
Luckily, I do not have small children currently attending in person classes.
While many states have removed exemptions from vaccinations, many remain in place.
Parent are not given the information in a transparent manner as to how many kids in close proximity of your own are without the protection of vaccinations.
“A lot of studies have shown that COVID-19 isn’t as severe in children, particularly younger kids-but that doesn’t mean kids aren’t at risk of getting infected and potentially spreading the virus.”
Maintaining mask wearing and social distancing is still vitally important to protect our kids and help staunch the spread of this deadly virus.
Getting children vaccinated is an integral part of reaching herd immunity and protecting them from the virus and the emerging variants.
According to the World Health Organization
“Rapidly circulating misinformation around the topic of vaccination adds to this threat.”
WHO also reports:
“Vaccines have brought us closer, and it will bring us closer again.”
Vaccination is imperative for all of us worldwide, not just during the current pandemic. There is a rise in outbreaks in recent years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“However, for many of the world’s most dangerous vaccine preventable diseases, we are seeing an increase in the number of individuals infected and in the number of deaths worldwide. Outbreaks of measles, diphtheria, yellow fever and other vaccine-preventable diseases are on the rise in recent years.”
I know there is some ongoing vaccine hesitancy. Explore your reasons, and research the science. Talk to your physicians and members of your community. The pros outweigh the cons in this instance. You have to also consider your community’s vulnerability.
It is an unfortunate fact that most of us know someone that has had COVID-19, or that have died from this deadly virus. We need to do our part in order to return to a normal way of life and a fully functioning society.
According to UNICEF.org:
“The science is clear. Vaccines are safe, effective and lifesaving tools to prevent outbreaks. #VaccinesWork”
Here is a link from 2020 World Immunization Week from NACCHO.org.
Be sure to check NACCO.org and WHO for their 2021 campaigns the week of April 25th – April 30th, 2021.
As with every article we have published pertaining to vaccinations and herd immunity, we have experienced strong backlash from the anti-vaxxer community.
Hopefully, some of these people are changing their stance in light of this pandemic. Do your research and make an informed decision. The consequences of a bad decision can prove deadly for your children and family.