Deakin Communicating Science 2016

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I’m healthy; I don’t need to get vaccinated!

 

There are many of us there that don’t understand the importance and reasons for vaccination

Some may argue and say:

“Health cannot come through a needle”

But it can.

A perfect example is tetanus; tetanus is an acute and at times a fatal disease, causing severe spasms in the neck and jaw muscles. As a result this makes those affected have difficulty in breathing and also experience painful seizure and abnormal heart rhythms.

The good news is that tetanus is a vaccine preventable disease. Meaning all this pain and suffering can or could be avoided.

”I already had the flu!”

The cold can sometimes be mistaken for the flu.

Symptoms of the flu include: high fevers of up to 30 degrees Celsius, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, ear infection, runny or stuffy nose, loss of appetite, dry cough, diarrhoea

Where as symptoms of colds are less sever and include signs and symptoms of a cough, headache, mild fever, mild fatigue sore throat and also a runny or stuffy nose.

In addition flu symptoms develop quicker and spreads by direct contact, via virus infected droplets that are sneezed or coughed in the air. And is more likely to infect ‘high risk groups’ such as infants, the elderly, pregnant women and other immunocompromised individuals.

“I’m not in a high-risk group”

 

Even if this was the case, why take the chance,. not only harm yourself In the process but also those ‘high risk groups’ around you?

Vaccination not only protects just you and me ,but also the community as a whole ,from falling victim to life threatening diseases.

A few reasons to get vaccinated include:

·      To Protects yourself and the community

·      Its safe and effective

·      Saves you time and money

 

By being vaccinated against vaccine preventable diseases, you are not only protecting yourself, but also decreasing the spread of the infection to the community. This is called herd immunity,

 

Herd immunity is when a large portion of the community is immunized against a disease, and as a result this large portion of the population is protecting the rest of the population, whom are unable to be vaccinated. This small portion of the population include immunocompromised individuals, with weak immune systems such as: infants , pregnant mothers and  individuals battling cancer or HIV for instance.

 

Therefore this reduces the chances of there being an outbreak of contagious diseases. In addition this also decreases the probability of immune compromised individuals who aren’t vaccinated from contracting these diseases.

 

Having said this, if the number of individuals whom are not vaccinated against a disease increases, the probability of a disease spreading or returning will also increase and therefore affect the wellbeing of the entire community as a whole.

 

A good example of herd immunity is polio. A disease that was eradicated by vaccinated majority of the population as children. In figure below we are able to see that the countries that introduced vaccination for polio, were able to eliminate polio.

 

Another benefits of getting vaccinated is that families could save time and heaps of money, that would have otherwise gone into to paying for medical bills or ongoing disability car. As a consequence of, contracting these preventable diseases. Thus making vaccination a great investment, both financially and your wellbeing.

 

(p.s my pictures are not uploading click on this link to see full article on word)

blog 2 final

 

 

Reference

International Medical Council on Vaccination. (2016). The Ten Reasons to Say No To Vaccines. [online] Available at: http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2011/01/09/the-ten-reasons-to-say-no-to-vaccines/

 

Google.com.au. (2016). ignorant cartoons – Google Search. [online] Available at: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=ignorant+cartoons&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjf9YLh18TMAhWEnJQKHUU1DNoQ_AUIBygB&biw=1440&bih=664#tbm=isch&q=vaccination+denial&imgrc=ivew_iERiH-SZM%3A [

 

Health.gov.au. (2016). Immunise – Tetanus. [online] Available at: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/content/immunise-tetanus

 

Emergencycareforyou.org. (2016). Know the Difference Between Cold and Flu | Emergency Care for You. [online] Available at: http://www.emergencycareforyou.org/Emergency-101/Emergencies-A-Z/Know-the-Difference-Between-Cold-and-Flu/

 

Massmed.org. (2016). [online] Available at: http://www.massmed.org/patient-care/health-topics/colds-and-flu/why-people-don-t-get-vaccinated-(pdf)/

 

NPS MedicineWise. (2016). Why be vaccinated?. [online] Available at: http://www.nps.org.au/medicines/immune-system/vaccines-and-immunisation/for-individuals/why-be-vaccinated

 

International Medical Council on Vaccination. (2016). The Ten Reasons to Say No To Vaccines. [online] Available at: http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2011/01/09/the-ten-reasons-to-say-no-to-vaccines/

 

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One comment on “I’m healthy; I don’t need to get vaccinated!

  1. chrisjwalker
    May 10, 2016

    Interesting post, not sure if anti-vaxxers really have any arguments left. However, i can see why some might believe that they either don’t work or compromise your immune system. vaccines have a host of side-affects most common of all are nausea, fatigue and fevers, isn’t this everything the flu vaccine is designed to stop? just a little anecdote, my Nan religiously got her flu vaccine and almost every year she got it, she would get the flu anyway, leaves a lot to be desired. While I perceive the flu vaccine to have little value due to it’s aggressive mutation and personal exposure to a family member that it almost never worked for, other vaccines against polio etc. have obviously had enormous success and almost driven the polio virus to being a non-issue in society which anti-vaxxers seem to ignore, giving polio a foot back in the door to once again becoming a problem.

    Source: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm

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