Thank you to The Billings Gazette for the Aug. 20 editorial reminding us all about the importance of immunizations and boosters to prevent whooping cough.
Public health benefits us all. Not only do people protect their families by getting immunizations, they protect the entire community. Immunizations help stop the spread of disease in our day cares, schools, work places and shopping malls. They help protect the very vulnerable — including infants and seniors — from getting diseases that could put their lives in danger.
This is something to think about as the federal government once again mulls cuts to federal programs that help pay for preventive services here in Yellowstone County and in counties across our state and nation.
Funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources Services Administration helps county health departments fund immunization clinics, health screenings for mothers and infants and programs that help reduce chronic diseases. Public health funding holds down the total cost of health care by preventing illnesses that have serious and costly sequelae. Remind our leaders in Congress that prevention keeps Montana communities safe, and be sure you and your children receive the immunizations you need!
Carolyn Hamlin Wenger, RN