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Employee Safety

At Ironform, we care about our employees, both on and off the plant floor. If you have not already, get vaccinated — your family, friends, and co-workers are counting on you. We are all in this together, and together we can beat Covid-19.

Some Facts about Viruses and Vaccines

Diseases that used to be common are now rare

or eradicated — because

of vaccines:

 

Measles

Measles is a very contagious virus that can cause serious illness and even death. It has been largely eliminated in the U.S. because of high vaccination rates. Outbreaks have occurred where vaccinations have declined due to misinformation linking vaccines to autism in children. Such claims have been repeatedly debunked, but misinformation continues. 

 

Polio

Polio is both crippling and life-threatening, and it has been eradicated in large parts of the world — including the U.S. — because of vaccination. It still exists in small pockets globally where vaccination rates are low.

 

Smallpox

This deadly disease plagued humans throughout history. Smallpox is the only infectious disease declared to have been eradicated worldwide — because of vaccination.

Vaccines also protect against:

  • Tetanus

  • Flu (Influenza)

  • Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis B

  • Rubella

  • Hib

  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

  • Pneumococcal Disease

  • Rotavirus

  • Mumps

  • Chickenpox

  • Diphtheria

 

Vaccine safety and effectiveness

Vaccines are safe and very effective at keeping adults and children from getting seriously ill or dying. However, they only work if enough people get vaccinated!

Vaccine safety questioned — and confirmed

In the late 1990s, a British doctor suggested that there was a connection between a particular vaccine and autism. Numerous studies conducted by experts all over the world have found that no such link exists, and concluded that the vaccine in question — which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella — is safe and effective. The doctor was found guilty of misconduct by a national medical board and later barred from practicing medicine. Despite a lack of evidence supporting any link between vaccines and autism, some groups continue to spread misinformation. Unfortunately, this has led to a drop in measles vaccination rates in some areas of the U.S. and a rise in outbreaks in some of those areas.

Is information on social
media reliable?

Researchers at Princeton University found that Facebook refers users to untrustworthy news sites twice as often as it sends them to hard news sites.

    Nearly half of Americans rely on social media for news on Covid-19 vaccines, and more than half of such readers say they’ve encountered stories on the pandemic that were “completely made-up,” according to the Pew Research Center.

 

Sources: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Infectious Diseases Society of America, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; Division of Viral Diseases, Pew Research Center, Princeton University, Unicef