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Time to Get Vaccinated

January 13, 2021   30 Comments

I don’t want to act like I can see into the future or had a premonition about the pandemic. I did not.

Time to Get Vaccinated

But, last January I wrote - Why Are Vaccines Important? - in an attempt convince my readers to look into their vaccination record and ensure they were up to date.

I also wanted to promote the flu vaccine that is available every year. I got this response from one of my readers, Beverly:

My husband died in Dec 2017 from the influenza. It was devastating. He contracted it on an airplane (doctor's guess as he had be away on business). If only everyone was vaccinated. I think people forget you can easily be a carrier of the deadly virus. It is no way to see your loved ones die.

When I read Beverly’s comment, I was heartbroken and grateful she shared her story.

The reason why I was writing about vaccination in January, 2020 was because of an experience that I had in September of 2019. I was thinking about my visit to an emergency room in Springfield, Massachusetts.

It is a long story and I don’t want to get into all of the nitty gritty details but I ended up on an ambulance headed for a Baystate emergency room with a ruptured appendix. Hint - avoid this painful fate! it sucked!!

I got there at around 9 AM and spent until 7 PM or so (hard for me to remember exactly) until the surgeons removed my appendix. I spent that 10 hours in a haze of fentanyl and morphine because the pain was nuts.

Why so long until they took it out? I was stable (meaning not going to die anytime soon) and I was triaged behind people who needed help more than I did. The hospital was overrun by patients - beds in the corridors, long lines in the waiting room, every space filled with sick people -and the staff told me that this never happens EXCEPT FOR FLU SEASON.

It wasn’t actually flu season so they were flummoxed about the demand.

This terrible health care experience made me want to write about vaccines! I couldn’t believe that every year our hospitals look like a war zone because of flu.

I looked it up.

From You are Unvaccinated and Got Sick. These Are Your Odds:

The 2017-18 influenza epidemic was an especially bad one, resulting in an estimated 45 million illnesses nationwide, according to the C.D.C.

An estimated 810,000 people were hospitalized and 61,000 people died, including 643 children. The majority of children who die from influenza have not received the flu vaccine.

61,000 seems like a low number right about now.

I will be getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it is my turn and I will vaccinate my children. You can bet that I will be posting a “Vaccine Selfie” right here on Snack Girl.

The only problem is that I haven’t had a hair cut for almost a year so I might be wearing a hat.

Did I wonder if the COVID-19 vaccine was safe? Sure! The speed of the vaccine development made me wonder but then I read about how they did it. They didn't skip any steps on safety - they simply conducted some stages of testing simultaneously unlike other vaccine trials where they did the stages one after the other. Here is an article from Johns Hopkins on the vaccine: Is the Covid Vaccine Safe?

A friend of mine shared (about vaccination) that she didn’t want to “put a disease in her innocent, pure child” - and I get that it vaccines are scary because they introduce you to the disease.

BUT, it is safe for almost all of us to do so! Even the people who have allergic reactions do not die from the vaccine.

This is a really great explanation of how vaccines work - How COVID-19 Vaccines Work.

Basically, a little bit of genetic material from the virus is introduced to our body and then our AMAZING immune system create antibodies to the virus. We aren’t being polluted - we are being strengthened.

Think about it this way - our entire lives we encounter viruses and bacteria and our immune system makes antibodies. This is a natural occurring process and all we are doing by injecting a vaccine is hustling our immune system along.

Our immune system can now keep us healthy when the truly nasty diseases show up. I am looking at you Polio, Rubella, Mumps, Chicken Pox….

We need between 230-300 million people in the USA to get vaccinated to stop the illness and death from COVID-19. The only way to end this horror is for all of us to step up and be vaccinated.

Thank you for listening. I will get off my soap box now and go back to reviews, recipes, and inspiration.

If this post moves you - share it on social media or send it to your friends. We need to convince as many people as possible to get the vaccine.

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First 20 Comments: ( See all 30 )

Thank you, Lisa, for doing your part and educating your readers with information based on science and facts. I work for the VA and consider myself very fortunate to have received my first dose 2 weeks ago. I’ve been following your blog for years and will continue to do so. Stay healthy!

on January 14, 2021

Although I’d taken the flu shot 2017-2018, I got the flu anyway. On top of that I had a sinus infection plus pink eye (conjunctivitis). I laid n bed for 3 weeks. I only got up to go to the bathroom. My immune system was probably down bc I’d been caring for my husband who had pancreatic cancer for 2 years prior to that. I’ve never been so sick in my life. Can’t imagine how horrible Covid would be. GET THE COVID SHOT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. A

on January 14, 2021

I suggest you do more research on those who died from taking the covid-19 vaccination.

There have been several deaths that related to the vaccination.

An example of what a vaccination can do was when I took the shingles vaccination at the urging of my primary care physician. I had immediate negative reaction and ended up in the hospital for 3 days. I saw another physician he said your body could not take that kind of overload of medication that's why you got so ill. I am immune suppressed because of an autoimmune disease. I will not be taking any more vaccinations of any kind.

Be your own best friend, and do research before you take any kind of vaccination. I was told by physician in 1988 that I had 5 years to live. I'm still here, and I'm 76 years old now. They don't know everything. Do your own research and handle your own health affairs.

on January 14, 2021

Hi Lisa

Thank you for this post. I work for a hospital in Upstate New York and received my first dose yesterday of the COVID vaccine. I did not have any reaction to the vaccine. I am allergic to everything so it was a concern. We need to do everything we can to make sure people are healthy and safe so people should seriously look into receiving the vaccine. We also still need to wear masks, wash our hands, social distance and use common sense in our surroundings. We will fight this pandemic....

on January 14, 2021

I hope to not be forced into getting this vaccine, mostly because they barely had time to do ANY testing and yes the flu is bad I've had it, but there are hundreds of strains of it and the vaccine only protects against the top 4-5, not the best odds. I was forced by my employer to get the flu shot or pay a significantly higher premium on my benefits. So i did it. I feel when it comes time to go back into the office they are going to force this vaccine on me or not sure what will happen. It is wrong to expect people to just get it, some of us have our own minds and my mind and my gut are telling me to NOT get it.

on January 14, 2021

Hi Lisa, Thank you for sharing this information of positivity and support for so many people who just need that encouragement. My husband and I received our first vaccination last week (I have 11 medication allergies) but very minimal reaction to this life-saving vaccination. I am so thrilled for the first time in nearly a year - to not wake up every morning with that sinking feeling that today could be the day that someone, somewhere has COVID-19 and unknowingly shares it with me or my husband. Asymptomatic people are everywhere and I'm amazed we've been able to get through this year without getting sick when so many others have.

I put this one right in there with polio, smallpox and the other ailments that we have vaccinations to help the majority of people avoid these terrible diseases. Yes, it's everyone's decision as to whether or not to take it, but for the majority of people it will be the only solution. Please protect your family, friends and loved ones and get the vaccination.

My 90 year old mother received her vaccine last week too. Has had no reaction whatsoever! She's anxiously looking forward to being able to go out again soon (she lives in an assisted living facility).

Have a great day Lisa!

on January 14, 2021

I received the first dose of Pfizer vaccine yesterday (in Canada). No side effect. My arm is not even sore.

on January 14, 2021

Actually tons of research was done on this vaccine. They had test groups 4 times of the normal test groups for a vaccine. The entire world is very interested in stopping COVID so a ton of money was thrown at figuring this vaccine out. What was sped up was paperwork. Mayo Clinic has very good articles explaining more about the vaccine.

on January 14, 2021

Lisa, thank you for this critical information. I've already shared this to 6 people.

on January 14, 2021

Thankyou for your well timed vaccine PSA. I am 74 and I get my Flu shot each year. I got the pnuemonia vaccine this year. I will get my first round Covid vaccine next week. Vaccines save prolong and save lives. My goal is to live to 100!

on January 14, 2021

I got the second dose of the vaccine and had a headache. It’s better than being on a vent though. And the hospitals are over run with covid patients. So thank you for writing this.

on January 14, 2021

Hi Lisa,

Thank you so, so much for using your platform to promote this life-saving cause.

on January 14, 2021

I have had the COVID vaccine, both shots. I did it for my family, friends and our future. As a healthcare essential personnel, I have done my own research and felt it to be safe. With any medication, there are risks of side effects. Had very few, mild at that, side effects....from either shot. This is the only way we will stop this dreadful virus and get some kind of normalcy back. Please vaccinate!

on January 14, 2021

I am a very healthy 59 year old. I am recovering from Covid and I have never been so sick in my life. Initially I was against the vaccine. However, I have completely changed my thinking after experiencing how awful Covid is. It is not "just the flu" as many people think. I will now be getting the vaccine when I am eligible.

on January 14, 2021

Thank you for this! I am getting over Covid now and I've had flu in the past. This is NOTHING like the flu. It's been almost 2 months now and I still cannot smell or taste a thing. Fever, headache, cough - not fun. But the body aches! They don't tell you much about that and believe me they are horrible. I have to wait 90 days before I am eligible since I had the virus, but believe me, I will be there to get that vaccine. I don't wish this on anyone

on January 14, 2021

Thank you for publishing the scientific facts about the new covid vaccine. I can't wait to roll up my arm and get the jab when I'm eligible (probably summer given my age and profession). Even if people are dying of the covid vaccine (dubious but if they are the number is near zero), millions of people are dying from covid, so I don't understand that logic at all. Stay safe and healthy.

on January 14, 2021

Hi Lisa! I definitely shared your post to FB. It breaks my heart, the ‘anti vaccers’ and of course that does not include those certain people whose Doctors state are not safe to receive it. Unvaccinated ‘by free will’ people have a greater chance of becoming those asymptomatic carriers who infect those around them, which is why we have to take the extreme steps to protect (at least in some states, like Washington). I’m tired of the ‘new infections,’ I’m tired of hearing about the deaths of people MY AGE who were otherwise healthy, and I definitely don’t want to roll the dice in being ‘just a little sick’ or a ‘long hauler.’ Thank you.

on January 14, 2021

Kind of weird and sickening that this rushed vaccine we don't know much about has turned into a social media status symbol. Selfies with shots....c'mon - Let's wake up. Get the vaccine if you must, but please don't be a part of yet another virtue signaling movement. I would be embarrassed if I received a vaccine ahead of an 80-year-old person who is at a higher risk.

on January 14, 2021

Have any of you heard about whether we are supposed to stay off of ibuprofin and Tylenol (can't remember the spelling of the generic!) 1-2 days before getting the vaccine? I read one article about it, which makes me wonder but only one article does not make me automatically trust it's information! It said that if you have those in your system, they can suppress your body's response to the vaccine, making it less effective.

on January 14, 2021

Thank you, Lisa, for your thoughtful and heartfelt article!

on January 14, 2021

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