Vaccines protect us all—at every stage of life

April 27, 2022
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Join the World Health Organization’s annual World Immunization Week and get vaccinated

By Regence

World Immunization Week, April 24 to 30, is a great time to remember that keeping up to date on vaccines is critical to preventing the spread of infectious disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates this week annually to promote the use of vaccines, which prevent 2-to-3 million deaths worldwide every year from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza (flu) and measles.

The WHO’s theme for 2022’s World Immunization Week is Long Life for All. You can read more about it on the WHO’s website. And check out the CDC’s recommended schedule for immunizations so you can talk with your doctor about whether you or your children are up to date on what you need to stay healthy.

“Immunizations can save your child’s life and protect others you care about,” said Dr. Drew Oliveira, senior executive medical director for Regence. “Nobody wants to see the return of deadly diseases that have long since been eradicated or nearly so. Vaccines are safe and very effective.”

This year’s campaign comes at a time when public health officials have reported a shocking decline in vaccination rates and vaccine orders since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is likely due to disruptions in the ability to seek routine care and general vaccine hesitancy.

However, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s critical for everyone to stay up to date with their vaccinations—especially as the pandemic continues. As communities continue to open, it’s an important time to catch up on missed vaccinations so we can all help prevent outbreaks of preventable diseases.

Using your health plan benefits to get vaccinated at no cost

Most Regence health plans cover 100% of the cost of vaccines, including for the flu, measles, pneumonia and childhood immunizations, as a preventive benefit. Members can check the complete preventive care list at regence.com.

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