It’s a simple message.
Immunizations (some people call them, shots, or needles, or vaccinations) are an important part of protecting you against illness and staying healthy. Like eating healthy food and exercising, vaccines play a vital role in keeping you healthy. Vaccines are one of the best and safest preventative health steps you can take.
Baby and our old people have a bigger risk of bad infections from germs such as meningitis (brain infections) or even the bad flu that come around every winter. , It is important to know that without those “shots” these bad diseases can strike anyone. Especially our babies and children are at risk and can get very sick from these germs that the vaccine shots protect them from.
Vaccines have reduced and stopped many germs that cause diseases that have harmed or killed many people over the years. Some like polio, we don’t even have any more thanks to these vaccines. However, the germs that cause vaccine-preventable diseases do still exist and can be passed onto people who are not protected because they didn’t have their vaccines.
Making sure your vaccinations are up to date is important to help stop the spread of diseases and to help protect the rest of the community, especially infants, children and those at high risk.
‘Immunization is a simple and safe way to protect our mob from preventable diseases.’ Said Dr Mark Wenitong the Public Health Advisor at Apunipima Cape York Health Council
‘Our mob have a good level of immunization, but it could be better’ said Dr Wenitong.
Apunipima recommends vaccinations throughout your life to protect against many infections. When you skip vaccines, you leave yourself vulnerable to illnesses such as shingles, pneumonia, the flu, whooping cough and other diseases.
Some people say these shots may harm you, but while some people may have some small side effects, this is generally untrue, but talk to your doctor if you are worried.
If you need to check if you or your family need to be vaccinated go and have a yarn with a health professional at your nearest clinic. No shame is to make sure your family is protected.