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!