Will Taking the Vaccine Be Given for You?
By Tom Herrin
With all of the stress that has been created by the pandemic in the past year, most people are ready to find a way to put it behind them. Wishes are not often made into reality without some trials and sacrifices, however. As the entire world has struggled to find some way to stop it, or treat it, a tremendous amount of effort has gone into research and development of either a treatment or vaccine. Many fairly viable vaccine candidates have survived the testing phases and now are being supplied to those who are at the greatest risk. Once vaccines have been made available to them, the general public will likely be next in line. It may be a few months yet, but that time will come. It is not too early to decide whether or not we will get in that line.
Will You Be First in Line?
The history of vaccines is a little complicated. The notion of trying one was novel to begin with. Those observations made by early researchers led to some pretty good success. Smallpox was virtually eliminated and a case has not been seen for 40 years. Measles, mumps, and rubella have been minimized considerably by a vaccine. Polio was a crippling threat for many years until the Salk vaccine. Vaccines are now available for many other illnesses.
Will You Pass on Your Turn?
Some people have good reasons to avoid vaccines. Some of the early ones were done with live viruses and caused some problems. Many individuals have some issues with their immune systems that may risk some questionable reactions. Some of the common minor reactions include fever, pain, muscles weakness, and mild symptoms of an illness. Some more severe symptoms include seizures, loss of memory, and loss of some senses. For those with bad family experiences with vaccines, having second thoughts is not bad.
We Have to Make Some Kind of Decision
Whether we like it or not, we will likely have to say yes or no to a vaccine. Since there may not be enough supply for everyone, at first, they may not have an unlimited option. Making a timely decision could be pretty important. I want to be ready when the opportunity comes my way. I just want to be sure I have all the facts possible available, because a bad decision could come back on me.
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