Fridays often do not mean the start of party time for me. Like many in healthcare (and retail, real estate, publishing, and many other industries) the weekend doesn’t necessarily mean time off.
So I’ve decided since I can’t really get into the I’m-Thankful-Its-Friday mentality, I will instead embrace It’s Friday… I’m thankful.
Meaning every Friday, I intend to post something I am happy about or grateful for.
So, to start out the first blog post in this vein… what am I in deep smit with today?
Parents who vaccinate their children. On schedule, or as close to it as possible.
I love you guys!
With recent concerns over potential vaccine risks and with the public’s memory of many preventable infections fading, there have been more and more parents choosing not to vaccinate their kids.
50 years ago, kids routinely became gravely ill or died from infections that we hardly ever see anymore. We hardly ever see those diseases anymore BECAUSE we vaccinate.
We are in the midst of another measles outbreak. The disease is able to spread because without universal vaccination we are losing our herd immunity.
And it isn’t only the unvaccinated folks who are at risk.
With any vaccine, there will be a small percentage of “non-responders” who won’t have a strong enough response to be immune. They can get infected if they are exposed, even though they got their shots on schedule. Not to mention the folks on chemotherapy or with suppressed immune systems.
When parents choose not to vaccinate their kids, it isn’t only their own child’s health at risk.
I know it’s no fun to drag your kids in for check-ups and bring them home crabby and aching. So I’m so grateful for you super moms and dads doing the right thing for your kids and for everyone else’s.
So, gang… what are YOU in deep smit with today?