Globally medicine has advanced vastly and continues to do so on a regular basis, but in countries such as Pakistan there is a stigma around medicinal sciences and lack of its awareness therein. Pakistan still lives in the age where superstition is trusted more than actual allopathic treatment. The masses, especially the underprivileged or undereducated, are reluctant to place their trust in these sciences which they know and understand so little of.
A key problem that occurs unvaryingly every now and then is the hesitancy towards adopting vaccination as a societal norm. Most people still believe vaccination causes infertility and other such myths. This in itself leads to a stigma around accepting vaccinations as a median. The problems faced by people campaigning vaccinations are usually loosely based around the trust factor; people do not feel vaccinations are a solution and fear they may actually be a problem.
If you’re undecided about vaccinating yourself or your loved ones, here are nine reasons that suggest you do otherwise.
1. Vaccines are still relevant
The belief that vaccines are a thing of the past and that our immunities have evolved to easily defend us from diseases is inaccurate and untrue to a very large extent. Plenty of illness and death causing bacteria exist to this day and can only be fought through vaccination. Such diseases can easily be passed on and this risk is even higher when you yourself are not vaccinated.
2. Vaccines are your friend
The environment constantly changing and bacteria, germs and viruses are always evolving. Despite popular belief that not getting vaccinated will do no harm, vaccination actually make you stronger and healthier and your body is more equipped to deal with a wider range of infectious diseases and illnesses – some that could even cause cancer.
3. Vaccines are vital
Vaccines are just as important as any other healthy activity or habit. Not unlike other healthy habits like eating vegetables and fruits or exercising regularly, vaccines keep us going stronger for longer.
4. Vaccination can save lives
Infections that can be prevented by vaccination are sometimes life endangering. Imagine not getting a vaccination and having it end up costing you your life. Doesn’t sound very nice or practical. Getting a vaccination will not kill you but not getting one might.
5. Vaccines aren’t harmful
All vaccines go through several rounds of quality assurance before it is released to the public, which means they are scientifically checked to see if there are any dangerous side effects to the vaccine.
6. Vaccines can’t have a reverse effect on you
The vaccine will not give you the disease it is supposed to prevent from being caught. That just does not happen.
7. Everyone needs vaccines
Babies and the elderly are not the only ones at a risk of vaccine preventable diseases, however the chances may be higher; young, healthy people can get such diseases too.
8. Being sick costs more than just your health
Medical bills are expensive, so are drugs – particularly those designed to battle vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccination is exponentially cheaper in comparison to all the medical bills that come with being sick.
9. Think of everyone around you
This isn’t just about you, you’re also putting everyone around you at risk. If you catch the disease you were unarmed against, your loved ones and others around you become susceptible to that disease as well. This one choice of yours could affect so many people around you.
Do the right thing. Vaccinate Yourself.