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Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: Why vaccinate?

May 22, 2019
By Barbara Pavcovich, RN , Pine Island Eagle

Vaccination ensures us of long-term, sometimes lifelong protection against a disease. But did you know that community vaccination rates of over 80 percent protect the entire community from the widespread outbreak of a communicable disease. When enough people have been immunized against a given disease, it's more difficult for it to gain a foothold in the community.

Vaccination does more than just protect us individually. Vaccination protects entire communities.

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for all adults:

n Flu vaccine every year to protect against seasonal flu.

n Td/Tdap to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).

Considering your age, health conditions and the vaccines you received as a child, you may wish to ask your health care provider about the following vaccines:

n Chicken pox

n Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

n Hepatitis A


n Hepatitis B

n Meningococal

n Pneumococal

n Shingles

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy summer.

Don't forget the Breast Caravan will be at the Beacon on June 10 for those of you who don't have insurance to get a mammogram.

The Beacon of HOPE is located at 5090 Doug Taylor Circle, St. James City. Call 239-283-5123 for additional information.



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