By now, you’ve probably heard of herd immunity. But there are also a lot of misconceptions.
Herd immunity can help prevent outbreaks and indirectly protect those who can’t be vaccinated. But, there are a lot of variables including how contagious a disease is, how long immunity lasts, and how many people are actually immunized.
The more people tell themselves they don’t need to be vaccinated because of herd immunity the farther away we get from actually reaching herd immunity. 😩
Most importantly, even when reached, herd immunity does not immunize the unimmunized. Outbreaks are still possible among the unimmunized.
Vaccination remains the safest and more direct way to protect yourself, and the most vulnerable, from severe outcomes.