Definition of a vaccine
Part 2 continues from where we left off yesterday, i.e., how vaccines are administered.
Today we discuss on vaccines and whether they are actually safe.
Are vaccines safe?
Weighing the pros and cons on the subject of vaccines, medical practitioners are of the overall opinion that vaccines are considered to be safe.
All vaccines are rigorously tested. They go through many rounds of research and examination, after which they need approval before being released to the general public. Medical research records show vaccines are overall safe even though there are rare side effects. And these side effects are typically mild.
As we know, there is no “one size fits all” medication, and the same applies to vaccines. For example – Patient A may react well to a certain medication, whereas Patient B may break out in rashes to the same medication.
Many people do not realize that choosing not to be vaccinated puts a person at higher risk of getting a disease. The illness could be far worse or even deadly, than the possible side effects of the vaccine. Would you take that risk?
Let us go through the general pros and cons of getting vaccinated.
Pros of getting vaccinated
From historical facts backed by strong medical research, do consider the following pros of getting vaccinated:
*Historical data – there is much historical data that prove vaccines help to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases such as Polio, Measles, Mumps, Cholera, Diphtheria, Encephalitis, just to name a few. These diseases can kill many people.
*The herd immunity – this was covered in Part 1, but just for readers who missed out, here’s a summary. The herd immunity works successfully when the majority of a community is vaccinated; i.e., it offers mass protection. Outbreaks can be narrowed down, detected, and controlled effectively and quickly.
*Thorough testing – in the US, pharmaceutical and biotech companies have researchers to work on vaccines. Once done, these companies have to submit their vaccines to the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration, which has the authority to either approve or disapprove the vaccine. The FDA has their independent team of researchers to carry out their own tests on the submitted vaccines.
Cons of getting vaccinated
*Different reactions from different people – a vaccine is composed of different components. Individuals who have had allergic reactions to certain vaccines previously, may have an allergic reaction to a new vaccine. It may be a totally new allergic reaction.
*Getting vaccinated does not mean you do not get the disease – many people are under the impression that once you are vaccinated, you are fully protected against a certain disease. With vaccination, you may still get the disease, but normally in a milder form. Your body will have the antibodies to fight off a full blown form of a disease, i.e., you have a good fighting chance to overcome the disease.
Here again, consider the flu vaccine. It is effective in lowering the infection risk by 40 – 60 percent in people who get the vaccine. Make sure you get the latest flu vaccine as flu vaccines are designed to match the current flu strain.
Consider the Measles vaccine which is 98 percent effective if administered properly, according to the World Health Organization.
*Not everyone can get vaccinated – here again this relates to a sector of people with weakened immune systems or pre-existing health conditions. Your doctor will be the correct person to determine if you should be vaccinated or not.
Some side effects of getting vaccinated
There are risk factors from experiencing side effects after getting vaccinated. These include:
- being unwell when receiving a vaccination.
- a weakened or suppressed immune system.
- family history of vaccine reactions.
Some people do not experience any side effects at all. However some people do experience general mild effects such as:
- redness, pain, swelling at the injection sites (remember – there are 2 injections to be taken!)
- joint pain near the injection sites.
- fatigue or muscle weakness.
- sleep disturbances.
Some rare side effects include:
- muscle paralysis on certain areas of the body
- hearing or vision loss
- memory loss
A person should seek immediate medical attention if any of the side effects, be it the common or rare side effects, do appear.
Again, readers who do not want to get vaccinated, should bear in mind that they are at higher risk of getting the full blown disease if they so choose.
Does vaccination cause autism?
To date there is no solid evidence that vaccination causes autism. There is evidence that vaccines can prevent people from contracting serious diseases and possibly dying from the serious disease. There is a lot of medical information on record to support vaccination.
Conclusion: Ultimately, the choice to be or not to be vaccinated is really up to the individual, after consulting his or her doctor.
We hope this two part article providing general information on vaccines is informative to our readers. Do note that it is important to talk to a doctor about the types of vaccines you require as an individual.
4th January 2021 23:00