- Oct 22, 2007
I know we have talked about this, but would you advise a healthy kid to get the vaccine at this point? I know in your situation you will give it to your kid and that is totally understandable. Like I said in a prior post to me it depends where you are at in your life if you should take it. If I was older with some pre existing conditions I would most likely take it. If I’m younger I’m passing for now. It’s all about covid risk vs. vaccine risk to me and the fact we don’t know what it does longterm.
I give it to my kids absolutely. From the side effect side of it, the vaccine should have very little chance of long term effects. mRNA doesn’t stick around, the phospholipids become part of our cells and recycled as well. That is one of the advantages it had over other vaccinesVs COVID where we are seeing a lot of long term side effects, even in younger and healthy people.
From a viral spread standpoint, younger people can absolutely get infected, the virus has no problem replicating and then spreading. Although I don’t think that the vaccine will prevent this 100 percent, it still should significantly reduce it. When you are talking about clearing a virus 3-4 days after infection vs. 7-10 days, you are talking about several logs difference on viral load. That means thay less chance of you spreading it to others, and less chance for the virus to mutate.
From a community standpoint, not everyone can get vaccinated. Or if they can, the vaccine would have a much higher chance to fail. Anyone who is immunocompromised, undergoing cancer therapy (esp chemo), elderly, etc. Which also are going to be more susceptible to severe disease. The idea behind vaccines isn’t always to protect yourself, but to protect others. One of the first major vaccines was polio. When you look at the numbers for polio, only about 1 percent of people who get it are paralyzed, and only a percentage of them die. However, it is so infectious that once it got into a school, you couldn’t stop it. And that 1 percent seems pretty high when you start applying it to thousands of people. But like I said before, not everyone can get vaccinated so getting as many as you can to reach herd immunity protects those who cannot and are likely to be more susceptible to the virus. Unfortunately we have reached a point in our society where most people don’t remember dealing with things like polio, measles, whooping cough, etc.