The cold and flu season is fast approaching. So, not only do we have to be concerned about COVID19, but according to an article in the September 1, 2021, issue of Live Science, experts and studies “suggested that the 2021-2022 flu season could see a 20% increase in flu cases compared with a typical season”. This means that we need to take our shots. (Notice that there is an “s” on the end of shot. There is the flu shot; the original COVID-19 shot(s); and the COVID-19 booster shot. Please take them all.)
Here are some potential benefits from taking the shots:
1. Vaccinations save lives – Vaccinations are an effective way of preventing diseases. According to Simply Health, “In a single year, vaccines prevent 33,000 deaths in the US alone and a whopping three million deaths across the globe.”
2. Vaccines protect those you care about – When you get vaccinated, you help prevent the spread of the virus in your home, church, and community. My Junior High School science teacher would always tell us, “If you wanted to beat up someone, but was not fast enough to catch them if they tried to run away; stop chasing them and sneeze on them. The germs would travel faster than you could and would inflict more damage.” Don’t inflict unnecessary damage on those you care about.
3. Vaccines are cost effective – You probably have heard the expression, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I watch a lot of CNN, they often interview people who have survived COVID-19. Most say they wish they had taken the vaccine. From a financial standpoint, a time standpoint, and a health standpoint it makes sense to take the shot. (Not to make light of a serious situation, but just think how much more money you could contribute to the Century Club and the Aggie Challenge by not having those big hospital and doctor bills.)
4. Vaccines are safe – We have all heard the stories about medical experiments done on Black people without their knowledge or consent. Those atrocities range from the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment to the forced sterilization of Black and Native American women. These were inhumane acts perpetrated upon other human beings simply because of the color of their skin. I would like to believe, and I pray that we are beyond that era in our society. Today’s vaccines undergo stringent tests before being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and they are the same for everyone, regardless of color.
5. Adverse reactions are extremely rare to the COVID-19 vaccines - The Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has said that “you are a hundred times more likely to get struck by lightning than to get a serious allergic reaction to a vaccine.” The FDA requires healthcare providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination, even if it’s unclear whether the vaccine was
the cause. So far, of the more than 300 million shots given, 8,390 deaths of vaccinated persons have been reported. More than 711,000 deaths of unvaccinated persons have been reported.
6. You get to attend all 2022 Reunion Weekend events and participate in all activities without causing Ben Stewart to worry about you spreading the virus – What little hair I have left is gray enough. Please, be considerate of me. Get your shots! Thank you!