This Valentine’s Day, Spread the Love by Making Sure Your Family is Vaccinated
Feb 08, 2019
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’re sure you have love on the brain. It’s that time of year when everyone loves to share candy hearts, chocolates, hugs and kisses with their family members and significant others. Here at Vaccinate Your Family (VYF), we’re all for getting “lovey-dovey”, but we also want to remind you to show your love for your family and your community by helping protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases like flu, whooping cough and measles. Because sharing our love often also means sharing our germs, you may unintentionally give your loved ones an infection, making for a very unhappy Valentine.
According to the CDC, many vaccine-preventable diseases are highly contagious, easily spreading from one person to another through activities like coughing, sneezing, hugging, kissing, and sharing utensils.
Luckily, we have the ability to protect our children from 16 serious infectious diseases during their childhood and teen years, and we can also protect ourselves from diseases like pneumonia, flu and shingles through recommended vaccinations for adults. And, vaccines don’t only provide immunity to those who get them. They also help protect those in your family and community who are more vulnerable to serious illnesses and health complications, such as infants who are not fully vaccinated yet and those with weakened immune systems, such as people battling cancers or other diseases. When enough people are vaccinated against a certain disease, the germs can’t travel as easily from person to person, and the entire community is less likely to get the disease. This is known as “community immunity, “herd immunity” or “community protection”
If you’re still not sure about vaccines being the best way to love and protect your family, these personal stories of how vaccine-preventable diseases impacted other families will surely tear at your heart strings.
This Valentine’s Day, spread the love, and please make sure you and your loved ones are up-to-date on all of the recommended vaccinations before you share your smooches.
Learn more about vaccinations for everyone in your family on our website .
This guest post was written in May 2020 by VYF Board Member Mary Koslap-Petraco DNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP, an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Stony Brook University School of Nursing and a pediatric nurse...
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