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The War on Vaccination

 The War on Vaccination

The War on Vaccination

The topic above sounds is if there is actually a war on vaccination between the Anti-Vaxxers whom we call The Anti-Vaccination Movement and the Pro-vaccination Movement

I am going to simplify the issue of the vaccination so that we understand the concept and reasons why. As of now no one is  forced to receive the vaccine if they dont wish to.

The Anti-Vaxxers are doing transference of their inner feeling and anxiety to others without accepting consequencies of their decisions.

I will make things  clearer with the following examples

1. In the first wave in Europe everyone over the age of 65 years or coming from a Nursing Home was never admitted to hospital if they had Covid symptoms because they knew that they will clog up the hospital beds and eventually die. These people were considered high risk and hospitals did not have enough ventilators for them.

2. From the  1st Corvid pandemic ways we have learnt that they are some people who are more likely to die because of the underlying medical problems. Examples would be patient with diabetes irrespective of age, patient with uncontrolled high blood pressure, patients who have got a  cancer diagnosis in the past year, patients who are overweight and smokers. People who are overweight and obese.

Low risk people

Children below the age of 18 years have been found to be at lower risk if they contract Covid-19 illness. However from children who have contracted Covid  a very small proportion of them have ended up in intensive care unit.

Of those who  ended up in intensive care unit had other underlying medical problems.

Therefore the younger you are the less risk you are and a higher chance of surviving Covid-19 illness.

The same applies as you go up into various age groups into 30s 40s 50s even 60s, if you do not have any underlying medical problems, even if you contract Covid you are better off than anyone with the risk factors I have mentioned above

Why should we be vaccinated ?

I'm going to answer these in a few scenarios . Ask yourself the same question. Its you making the final informed decision at yhe end.

1.If I was a patient with diabetes and I know that if I contract Covid I will die and then someone brings me a vaccine which will prevent me from having the worst illness and recover or even prevent me from having the illness in the first place -  I will go for the vaccine

2. Let's say I am a frontline health worker and I look after Covid-19 patients like  I do .I obviously know that if I contract Covid-19 virus even though it might I might have a less severe illness but I will end up in same dituaion as my patients. We mught end up sharing the same Bay in a Ward.    So for that reason I will get the Covid-19 vaccine.

3.Let's say I am young fit and healthy and no problems but I have with parents and relatives who have diabetes,hypertension , some who are smokers whom I interact with day-to-day or I work in a nursing home or in a care home where I interact with the vulnerable people. This means if I contract Covid and remain asymptomatic (remember 47% of patients who transmit Covid do not have any symptoms at all)

The  question I ask myself is how will  I feel if I am the one who transmitted Covid-19 to my relative with asthma,diabetes, hypertension or cancer who eventually died .

So guess, what I would do,  get 💉  💉

Why is there a much discussion about the Anti-Vaccers and Pro-vaccination movement. The biggest  reason is they Anti-Vaxxers have plenty of un-answered questions. I do not call it ignorance. They have genuine wuestions which if un-answered cause a lot of anxiety and the way to get a quick response in modern world is to use Social Media. Thats why I have been oblidge to respond.

About the author

Dr Fanwell Mamvura

Dr Fanwell Mamvura

A Zimbabwean trained medical doctor, a Physician, currently living and working in the United Kingdom. He brings in a lot of knowledge and experience from his role as a Covid-19 front-line worker.

Seeing and managing patients affected with Covid-19 from its craddle in Feb-March 2020, up to now has empowered him with knowledge to share his on-going experience on his blogs.

He acknowledges that understanding Covid-19 and its complications is a learning process for him and every individual. He appreciates that collating information on this menace will eventually lead to science driven outcomes and a better future.

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