Immunizations: The Life Savers And common fears surrounding them

The Life Savers

Statement by Dr. Savage, DO, who is a board-certified, diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians: “For those who know me, you know I love to talk about immunizations. That is because they are life savers. As medical providers, it is our duty to make recommendations to our patients on how to live long and healthy lives. Immunizations are one of the tools that help us achieve that goal. Currently, the top most common life-saving immunizations that are used in the United States are the flu and pneumonia vaccinations. Just about anyone can have access to the flu shot.”

Skepticisms about the Flu Vaccines & Solutions

  • Fear of Needles: We have been very successful alleviating this fear as we use tiny needles that the patient barely feels.
  • Fear of Side Effects & Reactions: About 3 out of 5 people can expect to get mild flu-like symptoms after receiving the vaccination. But think of it as your body is mounting a response to those flu particulates. It is preparing you to fight the sickness if you are ever to catch the real flu. In turn, you are less likely to be hospitalized, intubated on a ventilator, or decease.

History of the Fear of Vaccinations

Some people’s fear of immunizations go back when the flu shot was rushed out too fast resulting in severe reactions including paralysis and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which is a rare disorder in which the immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and paralysis (CDC, 2015). Getting the first vaccination that is produced may cause immunological memory to that specific vaccine, which prevents one from benefiting from stronger vaccines in the future.

“The concept is that if you are given, by chance, a less effective vaccine and then later you are given a strong one, your body might not respond to the strong one… because the immune system thinks it’s getting the same vaccine and it won’t improve the response,” said Levy, a specialist in immunology and virology. “So the message really is, we don’t want to rush into this. We need the vaccine, but we want to make sure we’ve got as good a vaccine as we can make.” (Fimrite, 2020)

Pneumonia Immunizations

Many adults may be at increased risk for getting pneumonia. As an important life saver, anyone over 65 years of age is highly encouraged by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to acquire pneumococcal immunizations. Anyone under 65-years-old, has diabetes, or contains an immunocompromised status, such as diabetes, is also encouraged to receive this vaccine as well. Pneumonia is a serious infection caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria spreading from the nose and throat to the ears or sinuses, which can lead to severe health problems. This disease can also lead to disabilities, such as, deafness, brain damage, or loss of arms or legs. The Pneumococcal bacteria is highly contagious and that is why medical practitioners recommend the vaccination. Preventing the spread of pneumonia starts with the individual. It is necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. (CDC, 2019)

Upcoming COVID-19 Immunization

Currently, we are waiting on the COVID-19 immunization. Due to the amount of people that have contracted and/or died from the coronavirus, the immunization for it is very necessary right now. I, myself, do not plan to order these immunizations until I thoroughly know it is safe for the community and my patients. In the meantime, I am more than happy to provide our patients with the flu vaccination at our office.

In need of the flu vaccine or have any questions? Please contact as:


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CDC. (2019, September 18). Adults: Protect Yourself with Pneumococcal Vaccines. Retrieved December 11, 2020, from


Fimrite, P. (2020, October 24). Teachings warn about rushing for first vaccine. Retrieved December 11, 2020, from