Cotton Mather, you dog, dam you! I’l inoculate you with this; with a pox to you!
Herd immunity exists and it is well documented. In fact, there is a brilliant animation created by the Harvard Medical School that explains this process.
Vaccinations help prime your body to fight off a specific infection. However, it usually takes a few weeks for your body to create a reserve of immune cells for when you next encounter the infection again. Therefore, if you were infected just before or after receiving the vaccine, you might still get sick because the vaccine did not have ample time to provide any protection.
It’s almost that time of year again. Flu season is upon us! As we’ve seen already from Dr. Cranquis’s post, some people opt not to get vaccines. While we must always respect patient autonomy when developing a care plan, I can’t emphasize enough how vital vaccines are in our current day practice. It is our best preventative measure for many different diseases.
I’m going this Friday to get my vaccine. I’m keen that way.