Shielding Communities: A Dive into Immunization


We all want to stay healthy and enjoy life, and one of the most effective ways to do that is through vaccination. Vaccines are powerful tools that help protect us from numerous diseases, reducing their severity and keeping us well. In the United States, routine vaccinations starting in childhood and continuing through adulthood have made 16 diseases, including flu, measles, and chickenpox, preventable.

Dr. Candice Robinson, Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Affairs at GSK, explains how many adults miss out on important vaccinations as they age, despite their immune systems weakening over time. A recent survey revealed that many adults aged 50-79 are unaware of the vaccines recommended for them, and healthcare providers often find that adults are unlikely to get the vaccines they suggest.

It’s important to have a conversation with your healthcare provider about which vaccines you might need based on your age and lifestyle. Pharmacists are also valuable community health partners who can offer guidance and are usually within a short distance of most people’s homes.

If you’re unsure where to get vaccinated, several helpful resources are available. For instance, offers a mobile vaccine schedule that makes it easy to locate and book vaccine appointments at retail locations. Additionally, stores like Albertsons and Safeway have been dedicated community health partners, providing accessible vaccination services.

Taking charge of your health through vaccination is a simple yet effective way to ensure you stay healthy and enjoy life to the fullest. Don’t wait—talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist today and make sure you’re up-to-date on your vaccines!