Are You Prepared for a Vaccine Decision?
By Tom Herrin
Sometimes the decisions that we have to make seem to be a long way off. At other times, they seem to be right around the corner. Those that have a major impact on our health are often the kind that confront us with little notice. Everyone has been aware of the health problem that has been staring us in the face for much of the past year. Large numbers have died while many others have been hospitalized. It is nothing to be taken lightly. Many have prayed and waited for a cure and/or vaccine.
As results have come in concerning vaccine candidates, many have felt some form of relief. In the coming months, many of us will be faced with the choice of whether or not to take a vaccine. It is not to be taken lightly, but it is important that we weigh the information we have as soon as possible so that we have a decision we can live with when the time comes.
Why Take It?
Vaccines have mixed history. In a look back at many from the past, the successes are recognizable. Following the relative success of the smallpox vaccine, people search for many others. Those for a virus always have the potential of eradicating the disease such as has happened with smallpox. With no host, a virus cannot live and reproduce. Some bacteria, on the other hand, can live indefinitely. One of those is tetanus. The vaccine for tetanus is credited for saving many lives during wars in the past few years. Many who were mortally wounded in the past did so as the result of a tetanus infection introduced as the result of a sword or bullet that did not inflict immediate death. These vaccines have been lifesavers.
Why Not Take It?
Many who have had various vaccines have experienced some problems. Sore injection sites, fever, light cases of the disease, seizures, and some really severe reactions are among some of the problems. Many people have complained about the old flu vaccines giving them a case of the flu. Most vaccines have gotten away from using the live virus for some of the reasons.
What Do You Think?
It may be a delicate balancing act. We may rely on our past experiences. We should not rely on hearsay. On the good side, many of these new vaccines are using new technology. Some of which is using the codes found within the virus to help the body recognize it and have an appropriate reaction to it. Our bodies are unique in ability to fight foreign things. A little careful investigation should help alleviate any fears of something being implanted into us that tracks or changes us. Either way, if we consider all of the possibilities now, we may be better able to make a decision when that day arrives.
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