Let’s talk about vaccines!

I am an advocate for vaccines! Why? According to research, vaccines work with our immune system to help protect us from diseases. Our immune system makes antibodies that find germs and fight them off. After the attack, the antibodies stay in our blood to protect us in case that germ comes back. Vaccination gives a dead form of the germs and then make antibodies to fight it. The antibodies fight off a real infection if ever exposed to one.

Why Vaccines Matter: 1) Vaccine-preventable diseases can affect everyone! Each year, thousands of people suffer from serious health conditions that could have been prevented. 2) Vaccines protect against serious diseases! Certain diseases can cause serious complications, and death. 3) Vaccines are safe! The FDA tests vaccines before they are released, and the CDC monitors them once they are in use.

Get the Facts: Learn the facts behind some common vaccine myths. 1) Vaccines are just for kids. 2) My doctor didn’t mention it, so I don’t need it! 3) The vaccine will make me sick. 4) I’m healthy so I don’t need them. 5) I can’t afford vaccines. Do your research – the above are myths, not facts!

The Flu Statistics: Last flu season, the virus cause 959,000 hospitalizations and 79,400 deaths. During the 2016-17 flu season, the flu vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million cases of the flu. As we get older, the flu can cause other serious health conditions, such as pneumonia. It can also be dangerous if you have heart failure, asthma or diabetes.

The Shingles Statistics: About 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will get shingles. As of 2016, only 33% of adults 60 years and older had been vaccinated. Just 2 weeks ago I was diagnosed with shingles. Shingles are a rash that turns into painful blisters. They can be severe even after the blisters have healed. The shingles broke out on my face and went into my mouth, ear and hairline. They only break out in one spot on your body usually in a “U” shape. I felt as if my ear was exploding. The pain has subsided and I’m in the “crusting over” stage and will soon be fully recovered. I wish that I would have heard abut the shingles vaccine and gotten it when I was 50. I don’t wish this disease on anyone! It’s painful!!

Recommended Vaccines: For a list of up-to-date recommended vaccines, visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/vaccines.

Trusted resources:

cdc.gov

vaccines.gov

http://www.adultvaccination.org

source: April 2019 Patient Point

Funny Friday!

A police officer stops a minivan full of elderly ladies being driven by an old gentleman because they’re only going 25 mph, stopping the mid-day traffic.

The policeman asks the driver why is he going so slow.

“Well that’s the speed limit, isn’t it! There was a sign saying 25 and everything!” the driver defends himself.

The policeman sighs, “No, sir, that’s the number of the highway you’re on. It has nothing to do with the speed limit.”

“Oh, so that’s what it means…” says the driver, looking shocked.

The officer looks at the rest of the van and notices the grannies are looking somewhat frozen and stiff.

“What’s up with the ladies?” he asks the driver.

“Um…” the driver scratches his head, “you see, we just got off highway 150…”

(https://short-funny.com/hilarious-jokes.php)

D-Day

Today is known as D-Day, the day in 1944 when Allied troops invaded France by landing on the beaches of Normandy. This was the invasion that allowed the Allies to take over Germany during WWII.

“The Allied assault included 6,000 ships and landing craft, 50,000 vehicles and 11,000 planes. Code names for the beaches along the Normandy coast were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. British forces largely took Sword and Gold, Canadians led Juno and American forces took charge of Utah and Omaha” (https://www.newsweek.com/d-day-remembrance-facts-casualties-why-invasion-called-d-day-1438759).

“The Normandy Invasion consisted of 5,333 Allied ships and landing craft embarking nearly 175,000 men. The British and Canadians put 75,215 troops ashore, and the Americans 57,500, for a total of 132,715, of whom about 3,400 were killed or missing, in contrast to some estimates of ten thousand.(https://www.historyonthenet.com/d-day-statistics).

You might ask “Who won this invasion?” The Allies attacked and gained this victory which allowed this to be a turning point in WWII against Germany.

Please pause and take a moment to remember this day known as D-Day! Remember, also those that gave their lives in the invasion as well as our veterans who survived!

Thank you to those who served on this ill fated day! Thank you for fighting for our freedom!!