My husband and I are ‘boomers.’ We were born in the 1950’s. The vaccination i remember the most-and there were several-was the Polio vaccine.Polio was an epidemic and it wasn’t unusual to know at least one kid in the neighborhood who had polio. All we knew is we had to go to the doctor to get our shots. Trust me, we weren’t thrilled.
I’ll give you a flavor of the time from a history of vaccines:
Parents were scared of the polio epidemics that occurred each summer; they kept their children away from swimming pools, sent them to stay with relatives in the country, and clamored for an understanding of the spread of polio. They waited for a vaccine, closely following vaccine trials and sending dimes to the White House to help the cause. When the polio vaccine was licensed in 1955, the country celebrated, and Jonas Salk, its inventor, became an overnight hero.https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-history/developments-by-year
You never hear about polio anymore. It was eradicated and a cause for celebration.
It was known as getting your shot.
Now that husband and i are senior citizens we’ve had any number of ‘jabs’ of various kinds. I had a local anesthetic for outpatient surgery, a shot of phenobarbital at the ER for severe headache. My poor husband has had all kinds of jabs. He’s gone through cellulitis, bacterial endocarditis,sepsis and in the end open heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic; he had other emergencies over the years though none like that one! He still gets a b-12 shot once a month, every month, because his body does not absorb the tablet form very well. He’s anemic.
We just don’t have the fear of the covid vaccinations that other people seem to have. I’m not saying we jumped into it with both feet. We did our homework. Mainly we spoke to our pcp and he highly recommended it for my husband because of all the underlying health problems he has. Certainly any vaccine has some risk but given the risk my husband would face if he were infected with covid, he decided to go with the risk of a vaccination. I’m convinced covid would kill him. i have no doubt in my mind. He’s had no side effects from the vaccine. It’s close to 3 weeks since he had the shot and none yet. I’m sure if he was going to have any at all, it would have happened by now.
I have to give credit to Pres Trump for the initiative he took to get these vaccinations out to the public through operation warp speed. He was dealing with a pandemic and a virus that was both deadly AND highly contagious. There weren’t a lot of options for him. There’s only 2 ways to establish herd immunity. Option 1 is just let it runs its course. The outcome of such a course would have been horrendous. If you’re willing to accept a high infection rate and death toll to get there that’s one route. Option 2 is to get a certain percentage of the population vaccinated.
The Mayo Clinic explains:
Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community (the herd) becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected — not just those who are immune.
Often, a percentage of the population must be capable of getting a disease in order for it to spread. This is called a threshold proportion. If the proportion of the population that is immune to the disease is greater than this threshold, the spread of the disease will decline. This is known as the herd immunity threshold.
What percentage of a community needs to be immune in order to achieve herd immunity? It varies from disease to disease. The more contagious a disease is, the greater the proportion of the population that needs to be immune to the disease to stop its spread. For example, the measles is a highly contagious illness. It’s estimated that 94% of the population must be immune to interrupt the chain of transmission.
They note the 2 options i already mentioned.
There are two main paths to herd immunity for COVID-19 — infection and vaccines.
Herd immunity makes it possible to protect the population from a disease, including those who can’t be vaccinated, such as newborns or those who have compromised immune systems.https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/herd-immunity-and-coronavirus/art-20486808
Our country is taking a combined approach and trying to get a certain percentage of the population vaccinated.I know there is a lot of information on the internet regarding the available vaccines but some of it is conflicting.
It doesn’t make it easy for a lay person to get informed and unfortunately some of it is misinformation as well. The truth is we were dealing with a virus we knew very little (if anything) about other than it was deadly and highly contagious. It wasn’t created for biological warfare to be mild. We know more now than we did when it first started spreading world wide. We’ve had time to look at the data and it’s still being studied.
We don’t know, what we don’t know.
I’m not coming down on either side of the debate. What i keep saying is be cautious about information you get from the internet. The internet is a very useful tool to get self educated but it’s also very useful for people to spread conspiracy theories. It can be extremely difficult to sort it all out. Your best bet is to talk to YOUR own pcp who knows your medical history and has a trustworthy relationship with you that has developed over the years.
What i don’t like to hear and i will not use to characterize the vaccinations is ‘the jab’. You can be for it or against it-it’s a personal,individual decision that each person is going to have to make for themselves but calling it the jab is just ignorant. When the polio epidemic was part of our daily lives in the 50’s people were thankful a vaccine was developed. Nobody was calling it ‘the jab.’ We weren’t thrilled as kids when we were told we had to get our shots but nobody ever called it ‘the jab.’
I’m not a doctor. i am not advising anyone to get a vaccine. I will not try to convince you not to get it either. Make up your own mind based on what you know and your own situation. For God’s sake though,stop calling it the jab. It’s a big decision- as most medical decisions are-and a PERSONAL one. We don’t help the discussion by calling it a pejorative term like the jab.
Be honest; that’s intended to give people the impression there are nefarious intentions behind it. If you’re not comfortable getting a vaccine or have religious objections you should never be forced or even shamed into getting it. I hear you. Your pcp may have good reason NOT to recommend it for you. There are people who are leaning the other way though and feel maybe they should have it. They hear terms like the jab and get put off.
My husband-given his medical conditions-chose to get it. His health aide is here 5 days a week. She works with seniors like us(and older) and a vulnerable population so she also got one. She did have some mild side effects from a different vaccine. She didn’t get it[by the way, it was voluntarily] to protect herself. She’s in good health and at least 20 yrs younger than we are but she was concerned about the clients she works around. I chose not to get it because i don’t have the underlying health problems my husband has or the contact with other people he and his aide have.
I believe we all made the right decisions based on our own situations.
President Trump didn’t have a lot of options when the pandemic reached our shores. He did all he could humanly do to save as many people as possible. His job was to warn our citizens without causing a panic. I wouldn’t want to have been in his shoes for that one. He knew very well we had to get vaccines as quickly as possible & just as safely as we would have under normal circumstances. He has the right approach in saying we should be free to make our own decisions and with the data showing children have a very low risk that they shouldn’t be required (key word)to have a vaccine. As long as the data confirms it, i think he has the right approach.
I don’t think it was helpful to his efforts for people to start calling it the jab and putting out conspiracy theories. Yes,there’s risks. There’s risks in not getting the vaccine too. You have to weigh that out for yourself and talk to your pcp if he or she is someone you’ve had faith in over the years.
I’m not going to discuss Covid 19 or the vaccinations any further. i’m not a doctor. i have no business giving anyone medical advice. i’ve sorted through a lot of the information and only post anything if i know it’s accurate, reliable and from a trustworthy source. If i’m not sure, i’m not posting it; meaning there aren’t but a handful of entries re the topic. None of the information is meant to convince you for or against the vaccines. It’s just the facts. Make up your own mind. i am opposed to people referring to it as the jab. It’s not helpful to the discussion at all & doesn’t sound like they’re taking it seriously.
It’s a shame our country even had to deal with this pandemic in the first place. Nobody’s thrilled. We were doing so well. It’s a shame it was a weight put on the shoulders of our President when there was already plenty to deal with from the deep state, the Democrats, the media propagandists and other enemies. They didn’t care.
I am TOTALLY OPPOSED to ANY lab, with good intentions or not, fooling with this ‘stuff’ [biological manipulation of viruses]. It’s something nobody should be fooling around with. The Covid 19 outbreak makes that very obvious.