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Dr. Threlkeld says getting vaccinated protects your children, helps prevent long hospitalizations

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 1:15 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Infectious disease expert Dr. Steve Threlkeld discussed several topics during a COVID-19 Q&A Wednesday afternoon.

Throughout the press conference, Dr. Threlkeld continued to say that being vaccinated can double your protection from COVID-19.

Dr. Threlkeld said studies have been done on different strategies to encourage people to get vaccinated and he suggests that telling people stories of unvaccinated people dying from COVID-19, wishing they had been vaccinated, had the worst results. He says the best results were achieved when people were informed about how the vaccine protects other aspects of their lives besides just their health.

Dr. Threlkeld said that getting vaccinated adds an extra layer of protection to children. If parents are vaccinated the chances of the virus being spread to their own child, and even the child then spreading it to other children at school, is decreased.

Dr. Threlkeld also suggested that the vaccine could protect someone from reaching a point of financial ruin due to the virus. Vaccinated individuals have a far lower chance of being hospitalized than those who are unvaccinated.

Unvaccinated people are more likely to experience more severe symptoms and extended hospital stays, and a long stay at the hospital could add a huge financial burden on a family or individual.

The county is still pushing towards the vaccination goal of herd immunity of 700,000 and is 71% of the way to its goal as of Wednesday morning.

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