Vaccines are a hot topic in the world today. While many people currently associate the word vaccine with COVID (and we highly recommend that you get the COVID vaccine), there are several essential vaccines that every American should have. Dating back to the 1700s, vaccination methods have been able to slow many diseases and have even eradicated one (smallpox). Since then, vaccines have been developed to combat the most deadly diseases and help keep us safe.
Every year, National Vaccination Day is recognized on March 16th. This holiday serves as a reminder of the importance of vaccinations and their role in global health. You may wonder about the significance of March 16th – well, on March 16th, 1995, the first polio vaccine was administered in India and has become a standard vaccine for children ever since.
Vaccinations remain at the forefront of medical necessity because they are the number one method for preventing disease. According to the CDC, “Every year thousands of adults in the
the U.S. become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent. Many adults even die from these diseases. By getting vaccinated, you can help protect yourself from much of this unnecessary suffering.” The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates vaccines prevent 2.5 million deaths per year, while that number could be as high as 4 million.
The result of community vaccination is commonly referred to as “herd immunity.” Herd immunity is vital. Even if someone is not vaccinated against a particular disease, they are far less likely to catch it because the people around them are vaccinated. As a result of herd immunity, the CDC states that most preventable diseases due to vaccines are no longer common in the U.S. For example, we haven’t seen a case of polio in the U.S. since 1979.
National Vaccination Day serves as a reminder of the importance of vaccines and how they help protect us, our families, and our community. If you or a loved one need to be vaccinated or are curious about vaccinations we offer in general, please visit our Vaccinations and Immunizations page and schedule an appointment at your local First Care Clinic.