Needles (HLD 350)

8 March 2020

I’m seeing and hearing reports from friends around the world about getting their first COVID needle, and the sense of relief that a resolution to the pandemic is coming. Not quickly, and not easily, but it will happen. Eventually.

Of course, I’m also seeing and hearing the anti-vaccination talk, from people suspicious of the speed with which the vaccine has arrived – albeit not quick enough for the family of those who’ve died!

Let me state straight up – when it’s my turn to have the needle(s), after everyone who needs it more than me has had it, I’ll be there with my sleeve rolled up ready to go.

I’ve had all the immunisations recommended to me over my lifetime. And as a result, I’ve never once died of whooping cough, smallpox, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, polio, hepatitis or the flu.

Not. Once.

When we travelled, there were occasions when further immunisation was recommended to protect us against diseases currently possible in the country we were visiting. Cholera and malaria are the ones that spring to mind. I didn’t die from those diseases either.

If there’s a vaccination that has been approved by all the scientists and medical people, I’m in.

I get the flu needle annually – not because I’m in at risk environment or situation, but because I know people who are.

When we compare the diseases that our grandparents and great grandparents were at risk of dying from, we are so very, very fortunate that medical science has progressed.

Don’t get me wrong – I am aware that there is a slight risk of reaction with any immunisation, of any drug treatment. Nothing is perfect for everyone.

But the benefits outweigh the risk, to me, to my family, to my community, to my world.

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