Are You In or Out for a Vaccine?
By Tom Herrin
In the past year, many of us have been greatly tested as to our resilience. How well we have handled the physical, emotional, and economic stress of the pandemic may have been a tremendous factor in our overall well being. Many have thought it was all hype while others felt the seriousness of the situation. As we have held hopes for a treatment, cure, or vaccine, we have anxiously watched the news for any glimmer of hope. As vaccine candidates have been unfolded, it has become apparent that each of us will have an opportunity to make a choice as to whether or not we will take one. For certain, we will be faced with the decision in the next few months.
Are They All Good?
The history of vaccines is like so many other things, there have been successes and failures. For those of us who may be old enough to remember, measles was a serious illness that had many bad effects. Rubella was sometimes referred to as the three day measles as if it was less of a problem. However, it was devastating for many expectant mothers as it has some serious effects on the unborn. The current MMR vaccine has made a huge difference in life. Another vaccine that has had a big impact is meningitis vaccine that is now required for entrance into many colleges.
Are They All Bad?
From the most common vaccines, many people have had reactions that are not pleasant. Some simply had sore arms, fever, or mild illness. Others have had seizures and, even, death. While the more severe ones have been rare, they are still scary. For some of these reasons, vaccine makers have made many changes in the process of production. It is still more than a little scary when you have to sign release forms in order to get one. I still remember the talk about the swine flu vaccine of the mid seventies.
Decision Are Better Made Early
Many of us want more information. After these vaccines have been offered to healthcare workers and the elderly, we will be faced with some big choices. Many have said they will gladly be first in line if it may help them to go back to a more normal life. Many others have said that there is no way. Still others have said they will gladly be the second in line, allowing others to act as guinea pigs. It is worth giving a lot of thought and study to. We all want to make a decision that is right for us.
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