A lot of people have reservations about being vaccinated, understandably, however it is better when you comprehend the pros and cons of vaccines and make an informed decision.
First of all we need to understand how the vaccines work and then understand the data that comes out of trials. Vaccines contain a microorganism or virus in a weakened state, or proteins or toxins from the organism. This helps the stimulation of the body's adaptive immunity in order to prevent infectious disease.
When enough of the population has been vaccinated, herd immunity is introduced, which means that it is much harder for the virus to be transmitted to the people who cannot be vaccinated. If you are interested you can read a bit more about it here.
Vaccinations prevent up to 3million deaths a year worldwide. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/why-vaccination-is-safe-and-important/)
"Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely.
Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced.
However, if people stop having vaccines, it's possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again".
Here is a fascinating timeline of the vaccinations of the world, without which we probably wouldn't have survived today. Click on any event to read further about it.
Understandably people are sceptical when it comes to a new vaccine, but you never thought twice about the vaccination you already had as a child, you were vaccinated and that was the end of it. No adverse effects to note.
However, you were never scared of contracting so many of the diseases that are still a big threat to this world. Because you are protected.
There is so much research out there for the pros and cons but I am going to try and make it a bit easier for you and direct you to a more concise article that explains procedures here.
It may be too detailed to read on a Thursday morning, but if you want to have a better understanding and less doubt, it is a good read.
At the end of the day, all you are doing is deciding whether this is something you would like to do. Nobody is forcing you to be vaccinated. But before you argue the case, make sure you really understand what the risk-reward ratio is.
It is important to spark these conversations today and not pass false information.
Let's hope for a brighter tomorrow, where we can meet our friends and families again, hug and spend quality time with the people that matter.
Until next time. x