Can You Prevent Infection?
By Tom Herrin
When we think about disease, and what may be done to control it, we may reflect on some things from the past that have been used successfully. Doing everything possible to support good health and avoid illness is something that we can all appreciate. Feeling like we have the powers to protect ourselves is pretty significant. With the pandemic that has swept the earth in the past year or so, many people have been left with a sense of helplessness. As modern research has been put to the test, many projects have been undertaken to develop an effective vaccine. Many of these have now been advanced to a stage in which they can be given to those in need. As the first line of individuals have received theirs, many of us can anticipate a time in the near future in which we will be offered the opportunity to take one. It is important that we be prepared as best possible to make a decision as to whether or not we will take one.
Vaccines May End Some Diseases
The discovery of a vaccine for smallpox was little short of miraculous. While it may have had some individual problems, the effect it had on society was tremendous. Countless lives were saved, and the last known case of it was 40 years ago. Many other successful vaccines have followed suit. The one for tetanus was especially effective as it virtually ended the threat of tetanus in war as it had been responsible for many deaths prior to its use. Others such as polio, MMR, DPT, and meningitis have all had a positive impact as well.
Vaccines May Cause Serious Problems
While some will readily choose to take a vaccine, others may not have had such good experiences. Vaccines have been the catalyst for a variety of reactions. Some of this may be due to an immune response in some extreme way. Others may be caused by a questionable vaccine or something in the production. A few of these reactions have ranged from fever and muscle weakness to seizures and loss of some mental functions.
We Can Make Our Own Choice
As we anticipate the use of these vaccines, it is critical that we make the best possible decision. We must consider all of our options. If they are successful, we may be able to rest comfortably with little fear of the virus. Taking control of any situation is always comforting. Collecting the facts and using them well could help to support health in the best way possible.
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