The Importance Of Vaccines For Public Health

Dec 8th 2018

As the anti-vaccination movement continues across America and the world at large, it's important to remember exactly why vaccination is so essential and important. Many people try to argue that vaccines don't matter, or that the risks outweigh the rewards; however, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Read on to learn more about why good vaccination practices are vital for public health and an absolute must for modern medicine.

Herd Immunity

One of the key reasons that immunization and receiving vaccinations is essential is due to a concept known as "herd immunity." The principle behind herd immunity is that by having as much of the population vaccinated and protected from disease as possible, it is easier to protect those who are incapable of being vaccinated. For example, vulnerable populations, such as people with weakened immune systems or the elderly, may not always be able to be vaccinated. These populations rely on the people around them being suitably protected against infection, as they themselves cannot access vaccines.

Disease Eradication

Certain diseases around the world have been nearly or entirely eradicated as a result of vaccination, with many of these diseases having once been incredibly deadly for anyone who caught them. For example, global measles mortality has decreased by 84% due to vaccinations. If enough people receive vaccinations for a particular condition, perhaps even one day the flu or common cold, a disease could potentially be eradicated, saving countless lives. Make sure you keep your medical practice stocked with some of the more common flu vaccines, such as Seqirus Flucelvax.

Common Fears And Concerns

Many people who argue against mandatory vaccinations claim that there are too many health risks associated with vaccination; however, this could not be further from the truth. Scientific consensus clearly agrees that vaccinations are safe and incredibly important. For those who do still worry about vaccinations, however, there are still vaccines available that are thimerosal-free, removing one of the primary excuses that many people have for not getting vaccinated.

Vaccination is an essential part of public health and medicine. Make sure you have plenty of vaccine syringes available at your office in order to promote public health and keep you and your patients as healthy as possible.

If you're in need of pre-filled flu vaccine syringes for your medical practice, contact Nationwide Medical Surgical today. Nationwide Medical Surgical has a wide variety of flu vaccines available for your medical practice, including the Flublok vaccine and Seqirus Flucelvax quadrivalent flu vaccines.