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Vaccines – Health or Harmful

11-13-14 SQ Blog FBVaccines – Healthy or Harmful?
To build and strengthen the immune system, a body must be exposed to germs, viruses, or bacteria. However, rather than waiting to be exposed and take the risk of becoming ill, a vaccination creates the immunity necessary to ward off those illnesses. It rallies the body’s immune system to develop defenses against certain diseases and protect you from becoming seriously ill.
Do Vaccines Have Health Risks?
While most health care professionals point out that vaccinations have benefits that far outweigh any potential risk, some vaccines do have the potential for negative side effects. For example, the vaccine for pertussis, or whooping cough, has caused serious problems in very rare instances. Yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the potential for harm or death from the combined vaccine for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DTaP) is very low. A serious reaction to the DTaP vaccine occurs on fewer than one in one million individuals. In addition, while the DTaP vaccines may be linked to extremely rare instances of brain damage and seizures, the incidence rate is so rare, it is difficult to determine if the vaccine was the causative factor.

Can Pets Keep You Healthy?

Blog SQ 10-23-14Pet owners have long known a simple truth – pets provide a calming and soothing experience that can deliver a wide spectrum of real health benefits.
A day in the life of a pet owner seems normal, but the pet-specific activities that owners experience daily provide a sense of comfort and friendship that others don’t see. These activities, among many others, are great for the average pet owner and can collectively contribute to a greater sense of health and well-being.