In the United States, vaccines for childhood diseases such as Polio, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Tetanus, Rubella, Meningitis and Chickenpox have been protecting our children, families and communities from serious and even fatal illnesses, for decades. There are many other vaccine-preventable diseases not mentioned here and some, such as Smallpox and Polio are now considered totally eradicated in the United States, all due to vaccines. The History of Vaccines
In terms of pain, suffering and lives saved, the historical development of life saving vaccines has led to the prevention and potential eradication of dozens of once deadly, infectious diseases, revolutionizing modern medicine. CDC on Vaccines
How Vaccines Work?
The CDC tells us vaccines work by imitating an infection. Once vaccinated, a true infection does not occur, but the presence of the imitating infection causes minor symptoms and most importantly, builds antibodies that keep a memory of the specific disease. One thing to remember is this; depending on the vaccine, it takes time for the antibodies to fully develop. This means if a person has been exposed to the disease before the antibodies have fully developed, it may be too late to expect full, if any protection; early vaccination provides the most potential for protection.
How do you manage staff vaccinations? Is your staff compliant?