What do you need to know before you get Corona Virus Vaccine?

 Let’s take a brief look at the history of vaccination, in 1796 during the outbreak of deadly smallpox, Dr. Edward Jenner noticed that people who their work put them in contact with cows so mostly they were infected at some point in their life with cowpox (which is a mild infection) have developed some sort of protection against smallpox.

Dr. Edward Jenner

So, he tested his theory by injecting the cowpox matter from an infected person into a young child weeks later he reinfected him with a smallpox matter and the child shows no signs of the smallpox infection, whoever unethical this experiment was it pointed us in the right direction of the discovery of the vaccinations, his work was never recognized until the 1800s when the father of immunology Louis Pasteur tested his germ theory of disease under more scientific outline in which he developed a solution contain a weakened form of the microorganism and it ends up with success.

The idea existed long before dr Edward particularly in the eastern world, people used to inculcate themselves in the hope of protection.

How does your immune system work?

 Your immune system is well equipped, specific, and complicated you have two types of immunity the first one is innate immunity it’s not specific mainly defend you through a physical barrier such as skin and mucus membrane unlike The adaptive immune response which can be antibody-mediated (humoral), cell-mediated (cellular), or both, its more specific and has its own memory so once the pathogen reinters your body it will immediately recognize and fight it however sometimes our immune system isn’t enough on its own or our body is compromised so we need extra defense, one way of getting that is through vaccinations.

 What is the vaccine?

It’s a solution that contains an agent of a weakened or inactive pathogen (the microorganism that caused the disease) which will help establish an adaptive immunity, by introducing a weak form of the pathogen into your body, your immune system will recognize the threat, attack and remember that pathogen so once you get infected again your system will be ready and UpToDate to win the battle.

Types of vaccines?

Sometimes you take a vaccine as a prophylactic which means before you get infected as a precaution especially in the case of endemic or pandemic or therapeutic as a treatment to an ongoing infection

Inactive vaccines

The agent or the germ that used in the vaccine is not alive which doesn’t provide a very strong and long immunity, so you may have to take more than one shot, every vaccine has its own timeline, whenever you get vaccinated you will be given full instructions on when is your next dose/shot, sometimes a possible infection occurs and your vaccination is outdated then you take what called a booster shot which is a shot taken 48 hours of the infection.

Live vaccines  

Live vaccines contain an alive but weak form of the germ, you may have the same symptoms of the infection after getting vaccinated, it provides you with long-lasting immunity but it is risky to the immunocompromised patient unless consulting with their physician first, mostly this type of vaccination need one or two shots and it’ll provide you with full life long immunity.

There is another type of vaccination as well.

Coronavirus vaccine

What to expect after coronavirus vaccine?

Regardless of the vaccine type or company, it is possible to have a few mild symptoms after vaccination including:

  1. Low grade fever
  2. Redness and pain in the injection site, shouldn’t last more than 24 hours.
  3. Fatigue.

Vaccines are monitored and go under a series of trials and experiments before the approval of their usage.

If you experienced any other serious symptoms, please seek immediate medical care although it’s extremely rare to have any permanent serious complications.

What are the chances that you will die from the covid vaccine?

None, the vaccines are safe and monitored as long as they are being used, however, you may have a severe allergic reaction called anaphylactic shock which is a life-threatening condition unless immediate intervention was taken if the vaccine contains a substance, you are allergic to. so please don’t take your vaccine shot in non-medical facilities, make sure you give the nurse your full medical details, any disease, previous medical procedure, medications, and most importantly any allergies to any substance you may have if you have any chronic illness or disease consult with your physician first.

Pregnancy vs vaccination

is it safe for pregnant women to take Corona Vaccine?

It’s a decision based on a benefit-risk assessment, if the risk outweighs the benefits, then you should not get vaccinated however WHO does not recommend delaying pregnancy or terminating a pregnancy because of vaccination.

Covid vaccines

  • Pfizer has a 95% efficiency rate at preventing covid19 infection but there is a reported case of Myocarditis and pericarditis which can be caused by many factors, including infections, viruses, medicines and environmental factors. The currently available data suggests that there is also a potential relationship between these symptoms and mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna.

AstraZeneca and Johnson &Johnson/Janssen vaccines is associated with reported cases of very rare but serious cases of blood clots accompanied by low platelet counts (TTS).

It’s crucial to mention that these aforementioned complications are very rare about ten in a million if not less, the coronavirus could lead to blood clots more likely than the vaccine.

Everyone is affected by the vaccine differently, but vaccines over the course of our history have saved us a lot of casualties and suffering.

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