Is the Thought of a New Vaccine Unsettling to You?
By Tom Herrin
Are you one of those who has been waiting and watching for any kind of good news concerning the virus? It has been scary as we have seen huge numbers of people hospitalized and die. Some facilities have been so overloaded that temporary ones have been constructed. For me, I feel for the many healthcare workers who have given their all to try to serve others. Many of these have worked endless hours only to ultimately lose their own health and lives as they have battled on. We have also seen many who have appeared to feel no responsibility to the well-being of their fellow human beings. With the vaccines now being given, each of us will soon have the opportunity to divide whether or not we will take one. It is a decision that deserves careful thought and consideration.
Vaccines Have Been Invaluable in Combating Disease
When it comes to fighting diseases, it is generally believed that the best cure is prevention. If we can do something to avoid getting it, so much the better. The general track record is pretty good. Smallpox has been virtually eliminated. Measles, chicken pox, mumps, tetanus, diphtheria, and polio are almost unheard of today. Some of those that have had other terrible effects, such as rubella and birth defects, and no longer such a substantial threat. This makes one to be one of the first in line to get a vaccine.
Vaccines Have Had a History of Problems
No matter how much we may want to see something with no side effects, it just doesn't happen often. Vaccines are no exception. Some have caused reactions such as muscle weakness, fever, headaches, loss of some senses, seizures, and conditions that continue to be chronic. Many people fear taking in something that is new to their body. Fears of taking a vaccine that has not been tried and tested over a long period of time are legitimate concerns.
Make a Decision That Is Best for You
Ultimately each of us has the responsibility for ourselves and our families. As we make a decision, it must be one that we can live with and feel good about. As we see the increasing numbers of deaths and hospitalizations, we may have a little more motivation to learn as much as possible and make a decision that is inspired.
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