CHIEF’S CORNER: AUGUST IS NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION MONTH

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Grant Yourself Immunity

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 14, 2017 (San Diego) -- Every week it seems there’s some new virus, disease, airborne, food contamination in which we have to exercise caution around or get an immunization.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get an immunization against the 405 freeway and stop that spread of toxic traffic! How about from rude and obnoxious people? I guess we can never rid ourselves of those.  However, vaccine-preventable diseases can be prevented if we take the time and get our immunization shots.

Viruses and bacteria that cause illness and death still exist and can be passed on to those who are not properly vaccinated. In addition, we have many Americans traveling to other countries and people entering the U.S. from abroad, which also brings various viruses and diseases from other parts of the world.

The Center for Disease Control recognizes August as National Immunization month.

Infants and the elderly are at greater risk for serious infections and complications, but vaccine-preventable diseases can strike anyone. Approximately 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases in the US.

Make sure your children are up-to-date on vaccines before sending them back to school. School-age children, from preschoolers to college students, need vaccines. Shots may hurt a little, but the diseases they can prevent are a lot worse says Chief DiGiovanna.

It’s important to remember hand-washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine – it involves five simple and effective steps (think wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry) so you can stay healthy. Regular hand-washing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.

For additional information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html

*Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.