As part of our unrelenting commitment to providing a better way in healthcare, Abarca supports the importance of vaccines for disease prevention and building a culture of preparedness, especially as we face a new reality brought on by the current pandemic. This year, we commemorate National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) to highlight the benefits of vaccinations for people of all ages.
Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses to help you safely develop immunity to certain diseases, or significantly reduce your chances of developing infections that at one time readily harmed infants, children, and adults. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases still exist, posing a threat to those who are not vaccinated.
As we face this new normal, healthcare providers have to change how they operate to provide essential services to patients. Making sure that immunization services are maintained is crucial to protect communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and to minimize the disturbance of respiratory illness in the upcoming influenza season.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides “Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic” as a collection of federal resources designed to guide vaccine planning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, various efforts have been put in place around the world, including stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders. In turn, these efforts have resulted in a decrease in the utilization of routine preventive medical services, including, immunization services. Getting routine vaccinations prevents illnesses that lead to unnecessary doctor visits, hospitalizations, and further strain on the healthcare system.
In the coming influenza season, the influenza vaccination will be essential to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses in the population and can help decrease further burdens on the healthcare system.
In our quest for a better way in healthcare, Abarca goes all in to spread the word on the importance of vaccinations to patients, parents, and caregivers. We promote the health and safety protocols and procedures outlined by the CDC and international entities like the World Health Organization (WHO), to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about the vaccines recommended by the CDC with this Interactive Vaccine Guide and talk to your healthcare professional about which are right for you and your loved ones.
This blog was written by Lillian Colón López, MPH, Pharm. D., Clinical Client Advisor at Abarca Health.