As Voltaire once said, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” Since the 2012-2013 flu season, there has been a lot of focus on the efficacy of the flu vaccine particularly in older adults. However, as this post from Shot of Prevention demonstrates, the goal should be progress versus total perfection.
I’m a glass-half-full kind of person. That’s why it’s frustrating to hear people reject vaccines on account of the fact that they aren’t “perfect”.
The fact remains that nothing (as far as I know) is perfect. And when it comes to vaccines, there will always be those who argue that they aren’t worth getting if they aren’t 100% guaranteed safe or effective.
It’s true that being vaccinated doesn’t ensure immunity, and there are times when a vaccinated person can still fall victim to the disease that they have been vaccinated for. Additionally, there have been documented instances when a vaccine has triggered an adverse event that has resulted in unintended harm. However, statistics show that it’s far more likely that a vaccine will be effective at preventing disease than not, and that millions upon millions of vaccines are administered without any serious adverse side effects.
While I accept…
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