In honor of National Public Health Week, let's talk vaccinations. Did you know that when you get vaccinated, you’re protecting yourself and your community?
This concept is called community immunity, or herd immunity. And it’s an important reason for you and your family to get vaccinated — so you can help keep yourselves and your community healthy.
How does community immunity work?
Germs can travel quickly through a community and make a lot of people sick. If enough people get sick, it can lead to an outbreak. But when enough people are vaccinated against a certain disease, the germs can’t travel as easily from person to person — and the entire community is less likely to get the disease.
That means even people who can’t get vaccinated will have some protection from getting sick. And if a person does get sick, there’s less chance of an outbreak because it’s harder for the disease to spread. Eventually, the disease becomes rare — and sometimes, it’s wiped out altogether.
Who does community immunity protect?
Community immunity protects everyone. But it’s especially important because some people can’t get vaccinated for certain diseases — such as people with some serious allergies and those with weakened or failing immune systems (like people who have cancer, HIV/AIDS, type 1 diabetes, or other health conditions).
Community immunity is also important for the very small group of people who don’t have a strong immune response from vaccines.
If vaccines have wiped out some diseases in the United States, can we stop getting vaccinated for them?
No. Many vaccine-preventable diseases that we don’t see much in the United States still make people sick in other countries. So it’s possible for travelers to bring these diseases back to the United States, where they could then spread. If we stop getting vaccinated, we won’t be protected from these diseases — community immunity protects us only if enough people continue to get vaccinated.
If you’re traveling outside of the United States, you may need to get vaccines to keep you healthy and safe. Learn more about travel vaccines.
Best example? Pneumococcal vaccines.
Pneumococcal disease can cause serious infections of the ears, lungs, blood, and brain. Although it’s common in young children, older adults are most at risk for serious pneumococcal infections.
Since the pneumococcal vaccine was approved for use in children, the number of older adults hospitalized for pneumococcal disease has gone way down. This tells us that vaccinating infants protected older adults from the spread of serious pneumococcal infections before a vaccine for older adults was available.
*Information available at: https://www.vaccines.gov/
Check back on Thursday, 3.15.18, for complete information on the PANDORA Spring Collection as it releases across all PANDORA retailers!
Spring is about a month away, but we’ve had warm weather on the mind for months (six to be exact). Back in September when everyone was sipping on their PSLs and prepping for fall, we headed up north to the lake for our Spring 2018 photo shoot. Some of the best memories are born at the lake, so there was no better setting to showcase our Spring 2018 collection than our co-founder, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard’s lakehouse on Lake Gage, Indiana.
This year we’re embracing the things you love most — color, friendship, family and of course, pattern. We released our first set of spring patterns earlier this month, but this is just the beginning (you can preview our spring patterns here). There’s a lot to be excited about, and we’re giving our blog readers a special sneak peek at the rest of the season. Let’s jump in!
Fall is flying by, and winter will be here before we know it. Snow may not have fallen yet, but there’s something about nearing the end of the October that gets us in the holiday spirit. Whether you’re crafting your own wish list or planning gift ideas for friends, our newest patterns are sure to be a hit. Available as of Thursday, October 19, Vera's Playful Penguins Collection features whimsical penguins frolicking on a neutral gray background with vibrant red accents. If you love a novelty statement piece during the holidays, this pattern is for you. Prefer something subtler? The Penguins Intarsia pattern is equally festive in a fair-isle inspired design that is sure to bring some holiday cheer into your wardrobe and home.
Vera Bradley is all new for Winter 2017, and the patterns only get better and better! Browse Lilac Medallion, Winter Berry, Berry Burst, Playful Penguins Red, Playful Penguins Gray, Penguins Intarsia, Penguins Check, Heirloom Paisley, Houndstooth Tweed, and City Plaid! Plus, stay tuned for Snow Lotus, the newest Winter 2017 pattern - COMING SOON!
The beginning of August always signals the end of summer and the beginning of the new year — school-year, that is. Whether you’re heading back yourself or just love to refresh your wardrobe and desk accessories for fall, August always seems to spark the creative, organizational energy in us. When you think of school shopping, students typically come to mind — but what about the teachers? Teachers (AKA — real life superheroes) need a bag that can get them from Monday morning to the long-awaited 3:30 bell Friday afternoon. Vera Bradley wanted to know what exactly makes a great teacher bag, so they chatted with three teachers to learn what bag they carry and what features are important to get them through the school week.
Name: Caitlin | thestyledteacher.com
Subject: 8th-grade English
City: San Francisco, CA
Favorite bag: Hadley Tote
“As a teacher, I’m always looking for a bag that is durable, reliable, functional and cute! With all of the materials I’m lugging back and forth from school, it’s really important that the straps can withstand the heavy weight of a laptop, books and more. The Hadley Tote is the perfect teacher bag because it ticks all of those boxes — it’s durable, has plenty of pockets to hold pens, post-it notes and binder clips, and it’s stylish. I also love that I can wash it should I happen to spill something. It really is the quintessential teacher bag!”
Name: Jess | here & now
Subject: 6th-grade Engineering
City: Denver, CO
Favorite bag: Laptop Messenger Bag
“As a middle school teacher, my perfect workbag would resemble the one Mary Poppins carried, but in lieu of that, I look for pockets, function and of course, how it looks. If I’m going to carry it every day, it has to pop with my teacher outfits. The Laptop Messenger Bag is perfect for teachers because it has a pocket for everything, so nothing gets lost in the abyss! I love the padded laptop compartment, stylish yet durable fabric and the surprise interior print — it makes me smile every time I lift the flap! Vera Bradley truly marries form and function in this bag, so I can be a better teacher when everything is perfectly organized.”
Name: Kelly | theglamorousteacher.com
City: Dallas, TX
Favorite bag: Lighten Up Grand Backpack
“I’m constantly on-the-go, so it’s super important for me to have something to carry around that can keep everything organized. As a dance teacher, I want a bag I can always depend on, that’s versatile and can hold a lot of items from binders and choreography notes to music, shoes and layering pieces. Cramming all of this into a small tote bag can be nearly impossible, not to mention bad for my back! I love my new Lighten Up Grand Backpack since it can carry everything I need and keep it all organized. There are many small pockets where you can keep an ID, phone, charger and anything you would typically keep in your purse. I can’t wait for the new year to start so I can use this every day!”
When it comes to wearing patterns, there are two types of people — those who love to mix and those who love to match. Both camps tend to feel very strongly which styling is the right way, but we’re not here to judge. #VeraBradley believes how you choose to wear your patterns is entirely up to you, so they're making it really simple. Each pattern this season is offered in every Back to School style, so if you love everything to perfectly coordinate, you can buy a backpack, lunch bag, lanyard, zip ID and crossbody all in the same pattern. If matching isn’t your style, you can mix it up with our coordinating patterns.
So which team are you: Team Match or Team Mix? Below, Vera Bradley shares their outfit inspiration for both mixers and matchers and an easy cheat sheet to reference when selecting a coordinating pattern!
#MATCH! You feel your best when your patterns are perfectly paired and consistent from your tote to the throw blanket on your bed. This rings particularly true when selecting your back to school essentials. If you want your pattern to shine, #VeraBradley recommends wearing denim or chambray. A chambray dress serves as the perfect “blank slate” for you to decorate with your new #ModernMedley styles.
#MIX! You believe there is such thing as matching too much, which is why you like to mix it up. Playing by the rules has never been your style, so feel free to mix florals with stripes and plaids with polka dots! #VeraBradley firmly believes that stripes go with EVERYTHING, so you’ll have no trouble coordinating your #FallingFlowers bag. Switch things up with #FallingFlowersNeutral in a coordinating accessory and feel free to go crazy with this adorable polka-dot agenda.
Happy National Friendship Day! Whether you have a group of girls or a select few confidantes, and whether you’ve known them since you were young or just recently met, treasure the friendships in your life and keep them close––you never know when you might need one another–– for the bond between friends is precious. #DOFRIENDSHIP #PANDORAUNIVERSE
As we get older, our friendships become deeper, more complex. The circumstances under which they’re formed often change as we get wrapped up in our day-to-day lives, filled with marriage, children or work. But some friendships remain constants in our lives, and continue to define who we are and how we see the world. Despite challenges, true friendships are those which give without expecting in return, are there when needed, and go beyond time or place. #DOFRIENDSHIP #PANDORAUNIVERSE
Articles authored by Lauren Rua, Marketing Director.