Winter Reminder from MCC: Don’t Forget to Get Vaccinated!

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The recent snow and cold have reminded us that winter is here! With winter comes a higher likelihood of contracting and spreading illness. Luckily, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from illnesses like COVID-19, the flu, and measles. 

The COVID-19 and flu vaccines, which can be received simultaneously, can prevent you from becoming infected with the viruses or serious complications. This is especially important for high-risk populations such as infants and children, older adults, and those with preexisting conditions. 

These vaccines are safe and effective and are available at most doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and pop-up clinics. These vaccines are free through most insurance plans, but many pharmacies or pop-up clinics will cover the cost if you are uninsured. We also compiled a list of pharmacies that offer incentives for getting vaccinated with them. 

Since the vaccines prevent or lessen the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu, you protect yourself and those around you. Pregnant people who get the vaccines also protect their little ones, which is important for their health after birth. 

You might have read about a current measles outbreak in Philadelphia. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine effectively prevents these illnesses. One dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective against measles, 78% effective against mumps, and 97% effective against rubella. Two doses of MMR vaccine are 97% effective against measles and 88% effective against mumps. Children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Check with your doctor to ensure you are vaccinated, and speak with your pediatrician to ensure your little ones are up to date on their routine vaccination schedule. 

Do your part this winter to protect yourself and your loved ones, don't forget to get vaccinated!