I‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ need a response to this discussion: The Office of Disease

I‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ need a response to this discussion: The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP, 2021) states that every year there are about 42,000 adults that die from a disease that is vaccine preventable. One of the ODPHP’s objectives is to make the public more aware about infectious diseases and immunizations and pursues the idea to remind the public at large, that there are in fact no “geopolitical borders” (ODPHP, 2021). Diseases such as Influenza, Tuberculosis and viral hepatitis are diseases that are completely vaccine preventable (ODPHP, 2021). The ODPHP (2021) further states that vaccines are very cost efficient in preventative measures that can not only save many lives but reduce costs directly and indirectly. To better serve and assist in impacting my community, I would urge the older adult population to recognize the statistics. The ODPHP (2021) reports that every year there are 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations due to the influenza virus alone. These acute respiratory infections, to include pneumonia, are amongst the top ten causes of death in the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends that adults over the age of 50 should take a two-dose series of Shingrix regardless of previous herpes zoster (CDC, 2021). It is our responsibility as healthcare providers to provide the education to our patients and give them the most up-to-date knowledge so that they may be able to make a more informed decision about their own healthcare. Ultimately, it is the decision of the patie‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍nt to pursue these preventative measures but providing them with not only the statistical information regarding their own age group but reminding them about the information regarding their loved ones as well. I have personally noticed that older adults tend to seem less concerned with themselves and do not always wish to actively pursue taking steps to prolong it. Many times, I have heard my older adult patients mention that they have lived a long life and appear almost impartial to whether they continue their lives for much longer or not. If we remind them that not only, could they be ill or hospitalized, but how their illness could be spread to not only their children, but grandchildren and other members of their communities, they may take a second thought. If they are less concerned about their own health and safety, perhaps they are considerate of those around them. As a grandmother myself, there may be things that I would not want to pursue personally, but if my child stated that I would need to do so to be around my grandchild, I would think twice about making that decision. Center for Disease Control (2021, February 12). Immunization schedules. . Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, . Department of Health and Human Services (2021, October 27). Immunization and infectious disease. Healthy people 2020.

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