Another Reason to Support Vaccines

Vaccines save lives.

Seriously.  Even for diseases you don’t think kill.

I’m not going to argue about whether they cause autism.  They don’t.  That’s scientific fact.  We don’t need additional studies.  It is clear, verifiable, easily researched fact.  Just like the earth is round, not flat.  Not understanding this doesn’t make your opinion any more true – vaccines have nothing to do with autism.

But they do have everything to do with both your and other people’s well being.  Even your life.

A family member came down with whopping cough a month or two ago.  He’s a bit older than me.  Up to this point, he was pretty healthy.

He’s still got a cough, but much of it was getting better.  During the worst of it, he coughed so hard that he broke his ribs.

He would cough hard and long enough to lose consciousness.

In a complication from this, today he was rushed to the hospital while having a heart attack.  Fortunately, everything lined up perfectly in this man’s life and everyone did exactly the right things – he’s recovering now.

It was a blood clot from his lung that cut off blood flow to part of his heart.  A blood clot most likely due to the damage he did to his lungs coughing.

It took an emergency procedure, amazing medical technology, and a stint to keep him alive.  Fortunately we have some wonderful, life saving procedures and devices today.  It took a bunch of them to keep him alive.

One of those amazing things we have is vaccines.  This is what “just” whooping cough can do.  Don’t let your kid spread something that will kill someone else.  And certainly, if vaccines are recommended by the medical authorities for you, GO GET THE DARN THINGS.  You might save your life.  Or someone else’s.

If you’re an adult (19 or older), the CDC recommends a Tdap booster every 10 years.  The Tdap includes the Whooping Cough vaccine.  (children also have recommendations for being vaccinated against Whooping Cough – that information is easily available online)

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One Response to Another Reason to Support Vaccines

  1. unitacx says:

    I wonder how the “herd immunity” affects influenza. I hadn’t had flu since childhood, if ever. I read from one source that people like me are carriers, but only from that one source, with no widespread discussion about the herd immunity effect from flu vaccine.

    I am intimidated by jabs, but a nasal spray inoculation is available. (like the common bordetella vaccine, except bordetella is administered by open syringe) I guess I should look at the CDC website or elsewhere to see if this is something that is recommended for the benefit of others.