Vaccination and it’s side effects! We are living in the times of unprecedented health dangers. With the advancement of technology and options available to mankind, new health risks have also come, some of which we are unaware of. While most health risks can be treated with medication, there are many which cannot. And, it is rightly said that prevention is better than cure.
So, no matter what age group you belong to, you must safeguard yourself and your family from the risks of any possible diseases which could easily be avoided. Treatment and medication are the answers for a disease that has already taken root, but when it comes to preventing the onset of that disease and staying safe from it, the best possible solution available to us is Vaccination.
Before we delve into the why’s and how’s of vaccination, let’s take a moment to understand what it actually is.While you might know vaccination as the simple process of getting jabbed as a precautionary measure, there is a lot more to it. A vaccine is a biologically made concoction that helps a human body to get a specified form of immunity that is necessary for protection from a specified disease.
When you get vaccinated, a mix of biological agents that are made from a weaker or dead form of the disease causing microbes is injected into your bloodstream. This familiarizes your body with the mechanism that is needed to fight the disease and provides you immunity against the particular disease that you are getting vaccinated for.
One very common question after reading the above pops into mind: Are vaccinations safe? Yes, absolutely. By getting vaccinated, you are equipping your body with a biological armour that is strong enough to provide you lifelong protection against a certain disease.
A lot of people who fear vaccination need to understand that by fearing it, you are basically putting yourself at risk to contract diseases that might be lethal for you and might even cause death. Getting vaccinated is a great way to reduce your chances of contracting the disease and avoiding complications. From babies to adults, vaccinations are safe for all.
A little about the side effects of vaccinations
Vaccinations can potentially cause very minimal and trivial side effects that hardly last for a day or three. Since vaccinations introduce a small portion of the disease’s weakened or dead cells into your body, you might experience side effects like fever, body pain, pain in the arm where you got jabbed or drowsiness, etc. Rest assured, all these changes are temporary and they actually show that the vaccine is doing its part in developing protective immunity in your body which means it’s working!
Here is how you can tackle the side effects of vaccinations
After getting vaccinated, all you need to do is take good rest and take a paracetamol tablet in case of fever. If you also happen to have body ache, you can take a pain relieving tablet along with the paracetamol. Drink plenty of fluids and follow a healthy and nutritious diet which is full of fruits and vegetables. Do the above for a couple of days to boost your body while it develops the antibodies and you are good to go. For symptoms that are prolonged beyond a couple of days, please consult a doctor immediately.
There are many existing diseases throughout the world that are potentially threatening and have the risk of turning into epidemics or even pandemics, like the one we are facing right now. Vaccinations are the only tried and tested method of protection that has the power to protect not just one person, but entire communities/population against the harmful effects of diseases.
When you get vaccinated, you do not just protect yourself, but you protect your family and those around you. Remember, the risk of your family members or friends contracting a disease from you is as much as the risk of you contracting the disease from someone. Whether it is a viral infection like COVID, or a disease like Malaria, getting vaccinated is the first step to getting protected.
If you are a parent, get your child vaccinated. No parent should have to go through the pain of seeing their children battle a disease that could easily be avoided. Get your kids vaccinated, and they will literally thank you for their lives. Get yourself vaccinated too!
It’s never too late to get vaccinated. Approach your nearest hospital or health facility and get it through! We wish you a happy and healthy future.