Parish Nurse Update: August 7, 2011

posted Aug 5, 2011, 5:16 PM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
PN Update: August is National Immunization Month. Vaccinations or immunization shots are 
essential because they help prevent the spread of infectious diseases caused by viruses or bacteria. Vaccines are made with the same bacteria or viruses that cause the disease but they have been killed or highly weakened. When the vaccine is then given to an individual it triggers the body’s immune system to make antibodies against the disease and develop immunity to the disease. Before vaccines many people were injured or died from diseases that vaccines are now able to prevent. Vaccines keep under control many of the infectious diseases that were once prevalent in this country. Infections such as diphtheria, polio, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German Measles), tetanus, and Haemophilus Influenza type b. Many of the diseases we are vaccinated for have not completely disappeared. Without vaccination they will come back. This has happened in other parts of the world. As always consult with your Dr. /NP on what vaccinations you and your family need and what your individualized immunization schedule should be.

For questions on other health issues, referrals, or resources call the parish nurse office at 6359261 ext. 20. Blessings! 
Flossie Vance,
Parish Nurse