Why are Vaccines Important?

In honor of World Immunization Week (April 24-30), Starlight wants to highlight how important it is that everyone, of all ages, gets vaccinated against diseases. This is essential, not only to protect ourselves but also to protect those around us that are unable to get vaccinated or have a weakened immune system, through herd immunity. 

Herd immunity occurs when the majority of a population is vaccinated and/or immune against a disease, creating community immunity.  

At Starlight, we understand how essential this protection is for those that are vulnerable around us, such as a child going through chemotherapy — they are more vulnerable to infections, and their immune system isn’t strong enough to fight those infections. Plus, with vaccination, you are also protecting yourself! 

While many vaccine-preventable diseases are not common in the US, they have not been fully eradicated globally – which means that travelers to the US can bring those viruses and bacteria to the US and possibly infect those not vaccinated.  

We all want to do what we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy. The best thing you can do is to make sure to get vaccinated at the recommended time. 

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