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Herd Immunity

Submitted by smomalley on Thu, 09/26/2019 - 16:50

Vaccinations are an extrmely important part of our societies health as a whole. Vaccines do not only protect the recipient, they can provide protection for the immunocompromised in that community. Vaccinations work to prevent different diseases by training your immune system to fight them. Some diseases have been almost erradicatied in the United States because of vaccines. Certain groups are more vulnerable to diseases because they have a compromised immune system. These groups include the elderly, and people undergoing chemo therapy.  In areas where individuals choose not to vaccinate their children that endangers many more people than just their children. These rare diseases could easily come back as an epidemic if less people are vaccinated. Traveling from one country to another is so easy today, someone who is not vaccinated could come into contact with a disease that has been previously erraticated in the US. This could lead to an epidemic if the disease reaches a population of people who are not vaccinated.