Tired of Our “New Normal”? Do Your Part: Get Vaccinated!
Starting to forget what the bottom half of your friends’ faces look like? Getting eye strain from the endless Zoom meetings and countless hours of Netflix? Worried about the semi-permanent bum imprint no matter how many times you flip the couch cushions? Read on.
Each year, millions of lives are saved through widespread vaccination efforts. Vaccines (also known as immunizations) are a safe and effective method for disease prevention and even if you are young, healthy and seemingly invincible, you should still get vaccinated to help protect yourself and your community!
Vaccines work by preparing the body’s immune system to recognize and defend against invaders such as viruses and bacteria (like being able to see the test questions before you take the exam!). When you get vaccinated, your immune system responds by producing little proteins called antibodies so that if you are exposed to a particular germ in the future (such as the COVID-19 virus) your body will be ready to fight it before you get sick.
While vaccines may cause temporary albeit uncomfortable side effects, the benefits far outweigh the risks especially when it comes to COVID-19 which has already caused more than 2.5 million deaths worldwide since the pandemic began in early 2020.
If after reading this short but amusing article you are still hesitant to get your COVID-19 vaccine, please continue to research your questions and concerns (from RELIABLE sources such as those listed below) and speak to a healthcare professional. Life may never go back to pre-COVID “normal” but we will get a lot closer if we all do our part and get vaccinated.
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Kristen R. Motley, MMS, PA-C
Moderna Vaccine info: https://www.fda.gov/media/144636/download
J&J Vaccine Info: https://www.fda.gov/media/146219/download