Today, in the era of the COVID pandemic, many are wondering: “Is it wise to be vaccinated?”.
My opinion: Yes! May anti-vaccinationists forgive me, but vaccination is one of mankind’s greatest achievements, thanks to which there are no mass deaths from various diseases.
Some dangerous epidemics would take as many lives as various wars do. Most people in developed countries have no idea about most dangerous diseases, simply because mass vaccination has completely eliminated some diseases at the root.
Virtually all of us were given basic vaccinations as children. But some of them need to be given again as adults for 2 reasons:
- Some of the vaccines are effective for life and some are only temporary and need to be revaccinated as adults;
- Vaccines for some diseases may not have existed in your childhood or in your country, and medicine has advanced in the meantime. Some types of vaccines could have been improved over the time you were growing up.
Personally I am on a comprehensive vaccination regimen with my mom. Our course is prescribed for 8 months ahead of time. To figure out what immunizations you need to get, ideally you need to find your childhood chart that already has it all noted. Luckily I found mine.
And with that card, you go to an immunologist or therapist who specializes in vaccinations. He will make you a vaccination calendar based on your card and based on your lifestyle, work, age. Because there are certain types of vaccines that are needed mainly for a specific group of people at risk. If you don’t have a hazardous or unhealthy job, if you are not in a risk area, then you don’t need to take all kinds of vaccines.
If you can’t find your card, that’s okay. Your doctor can send you for tests to find the antibodies. And based on that, he or she will also make your vaccination schedule.
Based on where you live, some vaccinations you can get for free and some only for money. I didn’t bother and went straight to a fee-only clinic and am going to get it there. It’s not that big of a price.
Why have I decided to volunteer to be vaccinated when there is a growing anti-vaccination sentiment in society? Because I am an advocate of scientific evidence. I’m an advocate of evidence-based medicine. And as I study this issue, I understand that it’s beneficial and safe.
One of the reasons many people don’t trust vaccinations is a general distrust of authority. And many initiatives coming out of it are perceived negatively. But in the case of vaccine issues, all developed countries support vaccination of the population. You probably have a country in which you would like to live in the future, or which you think is ideal. Study their vaccination policies, they probably also have mandatory vaccination in childhood and a general recommendation to vaccinate as an adult as well.
I should also note that the anti-vaccine movement has no scientific evidence of vaccine harm. But you may have often heard stories about a child getting something serious or dying after being vaccinated. And that scares you.
It happens, but it’s very rare. It could happen for two reasons:
- Either the child was already prone to a disease, but just happened to get sick after the vaccination. But he could have gotten sick without the vaccine;
- Or the vaccine just accelerated the development of the disease, but it would have happened anyway.
And the second point is most controversial in the scientific and non-scientific communities. Yes, I agree, theoretically any vaccination can have side effects, but they are so unlikely that it is more likely to be involved in a car accident than to get sick or die from the vaccine. If one fears this probability, one might as well fear that lightning will strike tomorrow.
Anyway, for the purposes of this post, I’m just expressing my opinion and I’m not arguing with anyone. Everyone has their own opinion. I respect the opinions of all people.