Are You On The Fence About Vaccinations?

African American doctor holding needle syringeOur elders remember the horror of the Tuskegee Experiment. They’ve seen the ill ramifications of going to the hospitals from their parents and grandparents. Many of our grandparents still have the mindset of “don’t trust the doctor.” Their caution is understandable, but things are changing and our beloved seniors (and younger generations) are passing from diseases that can be prevented.

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Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th U.S. Surgeon General, says that Black people run a higher chance of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, but have the lowest vaccination rates than any other race. She remarks that a a disease like pneumonia is preventable, but you have to get vaccinated, especially older Black people who are at an increased risk. In addition to vaccination she says there are other measures you can take.

“Besides getting a vaccination, there are ways you can prevent pneumonia. Wash your hands, talk to your doctor and make sure you are protected,” Dr. Benjamin says.