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Vaccinate Your Family and Families Fighting Flu

Vaccinate Your Family and Families Fighting Flu

Vaccinations are a hot topic currently. Between the COVID-19 and the flu vaccine, many people have opinions about whether to get vaccinated or not. Organizations like Vaccinate Your Family and Families Fighting Flu are actively working to educate others on the importance of vaccines. 

Vaccinate Your Family (VYF) is an organization focused on emphasizing the importance of receiving vaccinations. Their website and national campaigns provide an extensive amount of resources to educate the public. According to their website, vaccines aid in preventing disease, protecting unvaccinated people from diseases, and saving money from medical expenses. This results in saving millions of people. Often with discussions about vaccines, there is a focus on community and how it protects others. On this platform, along with community mindedness, the economic picture speaks to us as well; as the saying goes, money talks. As you will appreciate, the impact can be so alarming it seems ‘deafening’! The United States has saved approximately $406 billion in medical costs and $1.88 trillion in society costs from 1994 and 2018 thanks to vaccinations according to the CDC

Families Fighting Flu (FFF) is an organization that is driven to increase awareness around the severity of the flu and ways to fight it. They honor loved ones who have died from the flu by raising consciousness about this vaccine-preventable illness. One of their big campaigns focuses on  increasing flu vaccinations. The flu shot is an essential way to prevent the spread of the flu, to reduce an influx of flu in hospitals, to minimize the chance of getting serious illnesses from the flu, and to decrease the likelihood of hospitalization or death from the flu. On their website, you can write a promise to get the vaccine. You will receive reminder notifications. 

With more people traveling and being in groups, the chance of illnesses spreading is higher. The importance of getting the flu and COVID-19 vaccine is essential. We, at Cold FAid®, hope that you and your family get vaxxed and stay healthy this fall!  

Benefits of Pumpkin

Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkins are an iconic symbol of fall. Pumpkin spice is a common additive to beverages, bakery items, and recipes galore in the fall. Pumpkins are not only a gorgeous decoration, but they are also nutritious. 

An article in Women’s Health Magazine by Leah Fessler and Marissa Miller states the health benefits of a pumpkin. The produce most associated with Halloween, pumpkins, provide a great source for vitamin A. Vitamin A has been known to aid one’s vision if deficient. Pumpkin is a great additive to any meal, whether you want to try a new addition to soup, pastas, or pastries. Country Living composed a list of 40+ healthy recipes. Explore recipes that incorporate pumpkin into your food rotation!

Pumpkins are also a classic fall decoration. Whether including live or fake pumpkins into decor, they can be a great touch of fall. Check out these 25 tips from HGTV to find creative ways to decorate with pumpkins. 

To find local farms near you, enter your location into the USDA’s website and find a local farmer’s market. Follow Good Housekeeping’s guide to picking and storing fall produce in order to best keep them fresh. 

Eating pumpkins can help by adding more nutrients to your meals, while pumpkin decor can liven your mood. Here, at Cold FAid®, we hope you stay healthy by eating well! 

Importance of Vaccinations

Importance of Vaccinations

The creation and usage of vaccines has been essential in the fight against many deadly diseases. According to the National Library of Medicine, Edward Jenner is known as the father of vaccines as he proved that previous studied methods worked. Since then, vaccines have become available for many other diseases. Vaccines help to reduce the risk or severity of a disease by aiding our body’s ability to build natural defenses. 

Because of vaccines, smallpox has been fully eradicated, and polio has been nearly removed. The cases of measles, diphtheria and whooping cough are also extremely low thanks to vaccinations. As reported by the CDC’s vaccine safety information, new vaccines go through extensive research before being injected into humans. Check out this infographic from the CDC about the Life Cycle of a vaccine. 

The recommended vaccines in 2020 are diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, Hib, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Hepatitis A, Pneumococcal, Influenza, and Rotavirus as per the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Vaccines given in combination are: diphtheria/tetanus/ pertussis (commonly called ‘DTaP’) and measles/mumps/rubella (commonly called ‘MMR’). While vaccines are required for attending school as a child, some vaccines are also mandated for adults, especially if working as a frontline worker. To find your state’s vaccine requirements, check out this link

On August 23, 2021, the first COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer BioNTech, was approved by the FDA for use by those aged 16 and older. It remains approved for emergency use in those ages 12 to 15 years. ‘While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. Moderna has applied for FDA approval for those 18 and older, and Johnson & Johnson is soon to follow, notes the NY Times. COVID-19 vaccination is a very important step in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and in our attempts to return to a sense of normalcy. Getting vaccinated supports your body’s defense system against the virus and, in turn, also helps others. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines, check out this Cold FAid® blog

Annually, it is important to receive your flu vaccination. Yearly, scientists compose the flu vaccine based on four different flu viruses, according to the CDC. The flu vaccine allows the body to proactively create antibodies before coming in contact with the flu viruses. According to USAfacts.com, over the past decade, approximately 36,000 people die of the flu each year, the CDC estimates. In order to decrease the number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, Families Fighting Flu, a nonprofit, national organization, is dedicated to raising awareness about the critical importance of the flu vaccine. 

Help fight the flu this fall and sign up to receive your annual flu shot! We, at Cold FAid®, hope you and your family stay healthy with the help of vaccines!