It’s time to talk vaccines, considering what the world has been through over the last few years, taking the time to speak on vaccines has never seemed more relevant. In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, we wanted to take the time to discuss the importance of mRNA vaccines and the role they play in keeping us healthy.
What is National Immunization Awareness Month?
National Immunization Awareness Month provides the opportunity for us to reflect on how far we’ve come thanks to vaccinations—it serves as a necessary reminder that there is no need for your health to suffer when proactive steps can be taken to stay healthy. In a time where information is readily available at the touch of a button, we want to celebrate learning about vaccines that could improve the health of you and your loved ones.
The mRNA Vaccine – What Should You Know
For decades, researchers have been investigating and working with mRNA vaccines. Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines work by guiding our cells to make a protein that will provoke a response from our immune system. Traditionally, injecting a less potent or inactivated germ into the body has been the most common way to set off this immune response. However, when it comes to mRNA vaccines, that is not the case. mRNA provides our cells with the instructions to create proteins, or pieces, of the germ. As a result, the proteins prompt our immune system to create antibodies that help us fight off the germ if we become infected in the future. Vaccines can help give our immune system a sneak peak of the germ, and an idea of how to fight it, before we are even infected. We all have the same goal: keeping ourselves and those we care about safe. What better way to do so than vaccination?
Make sure you’re up to date on your vaccines – don’t wait for the problem when you can get ahead of it. Interested in learning more about immunization and helping your community? Check out our currently enrolling study on RSV vaccinations here.
For relevant updates on all things health-related, check out our website or call Seattle Clinical Research Center at (206) 522- 3330 to set up your appointment. Your health is our priority!