Since vaccines against the COVID-19 virus became publicly available, people around the world have breathed a sigh of relief. Although the pandemic is not yet over, but an important step has been taken. But what are vaccines? And why are they so important when it comes to viruses?
A vaccination prepares the body for an infection by showing it a small, harmless amount of the virus. The infection system in the body can then prepare appropriate countermeasures in case an infection really does occur. You can compare this with a kind of “Wanted sign”. The vaccination distributes a kind of mugshot of the virus, so that all the body’s defense systems know exactly what it looks like and then have the appropriate weapons ready.
Vaccines are harmless
A distinction is made between deactivated and attenuated vaccines. Deactivated vaccines are used against polio vaccine, hepatitis A vaccine, rabies vaccine. The latter still contain some virus parts, but in a harmless concentration, and usually cannot cause disease. The attenuated vaccine is more powerful. They are used in yellow fever, measles, mumps, and rubella.
Vaccines are harmless. Side effects almost always come from the substances in which the vaccine is dissolved, for example because someone is allergic to a substance in the vaccine solution.
Vaccinations have eradicated or at least largely contained many deadly diseases worldwide. The best example is smallpox, against which most baby boomers still had to be vaccinated. Today, mankind worldwide has protection against smallpox because it has been eradicated. There are also vaccines against polio, measles and yellow fever that save millions of lives every year. Measles still kills 142,000 people worldwide because they have not been vaccinated.
Q&A about vaccines:
- Is mRNA as a vaccine new and untested? No, mRNA has been worked with for a long time.
- Does mRNA go into the cell? No, it’s called messenger RNA because it only delivers the message at the doorstep.
- Can vaccination cause autism? No. The researcher who claimed this has been convicted of fraud several times and is no longer allowed to work as a doctor.
- Will I get sick from a vaccination? No. There can be side effects like a rash or headaches. Sometimes, people with allergies can react to the vaccines’ solution.
- Will I become infertile from a vaccination? No. This is another lie of so-called vaccination opponents.
- What if I don’t get vaccinated against COVID-19? Then you are not protected against the current mutation or any other mutations. Moreover, if you are infected, you can infect other people, for example your parents, who can die from it.
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