The Vaccine: It’s Our Best Shot to Stay Alive
A simple explanation on why we need herd immunity
Knowledge is power... and it can save our lives. So please know this: Getting the vaccine will protect yourself and others from COVID-19 ... and help save all of our lives. So for those who don’t know, herd immunity occurs when a sufficient portion of a population is immune to a specific disease, such as COVID-19, thereby protecting individuals who have not developed immunity.
Remember, COVID-19 is a disease! It stands for COrona (because under the magnifying glass it’s shaped like a crown, or “corona”)-VIrusDisease... discovered in 2019.
According to the CDC, the greater the proportion of a population that is immune or less susceptible to a disease like COVID-19, the lower the probability a susceptible person will come in contact with an infectious person. So if a sufficient number of people -a “herd” - is immune, the infection will no longer circulate. And please note: COVID-19 vaccines does NOT give you COVID-19. Knowledge is power.
FACT: Vaccines help us become immune.
Here’s how the COVID-19 vaccine process works:
• When our bodies are invaded with germs - such as the virus that causes COVID-19 - they attack and multiply. This is called an infection. It’s the white blood cells in our body that fight the infection. Unfortunately, when you’re first infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, it can take several days or weeks for our body to make and use these white blood cells needed to get over the infection. After the infection, our body’s immune system actually remembers what it learned about how to protect the body against that disease.
• Our body holds onto a few of these memory cells - both B-lymphocytes and T--lymphocytes.
When these familiar “foreign invaders”, known as antigens, are detected, these memory cells produce antibodies to attack them.
• Thanks to advanced medical science, the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed to help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19... without us having to actually get COVID-19. The vaccine gives our body a huge supply of these memory cells that will remember how to fight the COVID-19 virus in the future.
Please manage your expectations...
It typically takes a few weeks for our body to produce these memory cells after we get the vaccine. So it’s possible that we can still be infected with COVID-19 just before or just after we get vaccinated ... and then sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection. And sometimes after you get vaccinated, the process of our body building immunity can cause symptoms, such as a fever. But relax, these symptoms are normal. It’s a sign that our body is building immunity. Most of the vaccines now available require more than one shot: The first shot starts to build the protection, The second shot - a few weeks later - is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer.
(Note: Joe Nunziata is an award winning writer, Founder & President of Nunziata Advertising, with years of Healthcare Marketing experience. This article is the result of Joe’s research and discussions with many physicians from some of New York’s leading hospitals, they are not the views and/or comments of this newspaper. )