Alan’s Angle ~ Pastor Alan is taking a break to get some sleep
(because he has a newborn & 3year old in their house). Check out his January article next month.
HELP KEEP BABY BEN SAFE
You can protect your health and the health of those around you by getting
the Flu and Td/Tdap vaccines.
Each year thousands of children and adults in the United States get sick from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. Vaccines help your body’s natural defense to lower the chances of getting certain diseases and lower your chance of spreading those diseases. Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health. Vaccine side effects are usually mild and go away on their own.
Center of Disease Control recommends all adults get:
Flu vaccine protects against seasonal flu: Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. Recommended yearly
Td/Tdap to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough)
TETANUS (Lockjaw) is a bacterial infection that, thankfully, is rare in the United States today due to vaccinations. Tetanus kills about 1 out of 10 people who are infected. It is not contagious and enters the body through an open wound.
DIPHTHERIA is also a bacterial infection that is rare in the United States today due to vaccinations. Diphtheria is conta-gious and is spread from coughing or sneezing.
PERTUSSIS (Whooping Cough) is a bacterial infection. Vaccinations have reduced the rate of infection by 80%. Contrary to popular opinion, Pertussis is not limited to children but is also a dangerous disease for adults: 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications, which could include pneumonia or death.
NOTE: For more information about adult vaccines, visit: cdc.gov/vaccines/adults and be sure to talk with your healthcare professional to make sure you are up-to-date with the vaccines recommended for you.
Tdap is especially important for anyone having contact with a baby younger than 12 months. HELP KEEP BABY BEN SAFE
Each month for our newsletter Pastor Alan writes a short article on a variety of topics. At times he will also create a video version of the article.