When was the last time you were vaccinated?
Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that it has become increasingly popular for private school students in California to opt-out of immunizations.
According to the AP, 110 private schools in CA had more than half of their kindergartners skip some or all of their shots.
Parents choose not to immunize their kids for many reasons: religious beliefs, fear that the shots themselves make children sick and even the idea that vaccines are linked to autism.
Parents can do as they please, but the growing trend to not vaccinate children is now largely to blame for a rise in whooping cough. Simply put: the US is now experiencing its largest whooping cough outbreak in 50 years.
An unvaccinated population is a danger to everyone. A theory known as ‘herd immunity‘ states that contagious diseases won’t spread as easily if significant portions of the population are immunized.
That brings this blog post back to you and me.
If you believe in vaccines and try to stay up-to-date, do you have any idea which shots you might need right now?
No? You’re in luck.
Check out this really simple vaccine quiz from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
No matter your age, the quiz will tell you the vaccinations you need.
Then, compare your medical history to the quiz and ask yourself:
Is it time for a new round of vaccines?
My CDC quiz says I should have shots for MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), tetanus and influenza.
MMR and tetanus? Check.
A flu shot? Hmm, I can’t remember.
Better call my doctor.
Share this post with friends, and let’s all get the shots we need before the chilly fall weather sets in!