They say that those who do not learn from history are doomed to make the same mistakes as in the past… History has shown that inoculation is a societal help, not a hindrance.  Vaccines and the protection of communities by inoculating is not anything new. Getting a vaccine protects individuals and whole communities and is the prudent choice to make.

While the “vaccination debate” rages, real people are affected by Covid-19.  Real people are getting sick, being hospitalized, and dying. Real people are being isolated from family, prevented from earning an income, hindered from resuming a normal life, and living in fear as wave after wave of this modern pandemic shakes the foundations of societies throughout the world.

Individuals, as well as communities, benefit from vaccinations. The immediate effect of a vaccine is protection for the individual: lifelong protection in many cases.  This has been a fact throughout the history of vaccines. Babies are inoculated against deadly diseases like measles, chickenpox, polio, etc. Parents are encouraged to take their babies to clinics around the country and bear the momentary pain and anguish for the long-term benefit of protection.  Travelers that want to go abroad, have to have an immunization record for inoculation against diseases like yellow fever because it is one of the diseases that has not been eradicated.

The secondary benefit of vaccination is the protection of whole communities.  This is termed “herd immunity” or “community immunity”.  Community immunity refers to the protection offered to everyone in society by high vaccination rates. When enough people are immunized against a given disease, it is difficult for the disease to gain a foothold in the community. This offers some protection to those who are unable to receive vaccinations and those who are vulnerable—including newborns and individuals with chronic illnesses—by reducing the likelihood of an outbreak that could expose them to the disease. It also protects vaccinated individuals who may not have been fully immunized against a disease, as no vaccine is 100% effective.

History has shown that, when a community’s vaccination rate drops below the herd immunity threshold, the community is at risk of new outbreaks of diseases like measles or polio. Some of these diseases are highly infectious and call for a higher vaccination rate than others.  Covid-19 has proven to be one of these highly infectious viruses and research has shown that the virus also mutates and new variants have been identified since the pandemic started. High vaccination rates will protect communities, countries, and the world against future outbreaks.

So, let us learn from the vaccination history of the world and encourage one another to do what is best for ourselves and our families and community.

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