Go Get Shot

January 9, 2013 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

If you haven’t already done so, go get yourself the flu vaccine. So far two Lancaster County residents have died from complications from influenza. One was a man in his 60s; the other, a two year-old child.

The purpose of vaccinations is two-fold. The first is the most obvious: by vaccinating yourself you’re insuring yourself against illness. Getting vaccinated doesn’t mean you won’t get sick. Rather, it makes it more likely you don’t get sick, and if you do get the flu it’s likely to be significantly less severe than it otherwise would have been.

The second purpose is more subtle but no less important. The more people who are vaccinated within a population, the less likely the virus can effectively spread within that population—even among non-vaccinated individuals. That’s especially important for those among us who cannot, for whatever reason, receive the vaccination. They include the most physically vulnerable individuals. By vaccinating yourself and your family, you’re also helping to protect your neighbors, co-workers, and so on. The more people who participate, the more protected the community as a whole becomes.

Getting a flu vaccination is easy and (mostly) painless. Contact your physician or perhaps walk in or schedule an appointment at one of Lincoln’s 76,000 CVS locations. Today’s a good day to get shot.

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MattF January 9, 2013 at 7:41pm

Herd immunity for the win!

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