Thanks to implementations like the laboratory refrigerator and the lab freezer, vaccinations have become widely accessible throughout the United States – as well as in a wide number of other places all throughout the world. The typical laboratory refrigerator, when kept at about forty degrees Fahrenheit, can ensure the safety of vaccines, as well as their quality and effectiveness. And this typical laboratory refrigerator can be found just about anywhere.
For instance, the laboratory refrigerator is likely to be found in your local doctor’s office, where you can get your flu vaccine when the time comes. When it comes to the flu vaccine, the laboratory refrigerator or scientific refrigerator, as it is often also called, will usually also be found at any given pharmacy or walk in clinic. And, of course, a laboratory refrigerator will be in use at the typical pediatrician’s office as well, as children receive a wide number of vaccines in infancy and then spread out over the course of their childhoods.
Of course, the laboratory refrigerator is not the only method of storing vaccines. Aside from the laboratory refrigerator, the vaccine freezer is also often put to use. A medical freezer is better for vaccines in terms of long term storage, and should never exceed a temperature of five degrees Fahrenheit. It is also important to note that it shouldn’t dip below a temperature of negative fifty eight degrees Fahrenheit.
And with this proper access to vaccine storage methods, vaccines have become nearly universal here in the United States. In fact, more than ninety three percent of all toddlers here in the United States (those who are between the ages of nineteen months and thirty five months) have currently received their vaccination against polio. And while polio was once a terrifying disease that had the power to kill or disable for life, it has now been completely eradicated in the United States. So too can be said for diseases like smallpox, which is so long gone that only army personnel must still be vaccinated against it.
And incidences of the measles have also dropped considerably, even just in recent years. In fact, in the year of 2000, not yet twenty years ago, there were more than five hundred thousand measles deaths in this country alone. But by the time that we had reached the year of 2014, a mere fourteen years later, this number had decreased to considerably less than two hundred thousand, marking an astounding seventy nine percent decrease in the number of people who had succumbed to the measles. And at the heart of it, it is all thanks to the prevalence of the measles vaccination and the diligence of parents and doctors alike making sure that every child possible was vaccinated against it, potentially saving their life.
And even common conditions can often be vaccinated against. For example, it is always important for everyone who is able to get their flu vaccine. Unfortunately, too few people actually do, as many think that the flu is really no big deal, nothing to worry about. They think that because they are young and healthy, the flu would pose no danger to them, that only the very young and the very old (or those who have compromised immune systems) ever die of the flu.
Unfortunately, this is very, very wrong. While it is correct to say that the populations mentioned above are, in fact, most susceptible to the flu, even young and healthy people can succumb to it as well. In the years since 2010, less than ten years in total, more than fifty five thousand people have died, and more than seven hundred thousand have needed to be hospitalized from flu complications. Many of these people, though certainly not all of them, were young and healthy prior to getting struck by the flu virus, particularly in years where the strain is powerful and difficult to immunize against.
But why get the flu vaccine if it is not one hundred percent effective? For one, any protection is better than no protection and the vast majority of people can easily get the flu vaccine without suffering any negative side effects. But the flu vaccine also makes the flu less potent if you do get it, lessening your likelihood of complications.