Friday, January 7, 2022

Vaccinations Explained

I feel like I really need to write this post. I see all of our social media people asking the question ”Why get vaccinated if I can still get Covid?” or “Why get vaccinated if I can still get sick?”.


I am here to give you the explanation behind why we need vaccinations.


I learned the following explanation from the subject matter expert that taught my microbiology class last semester. She has a masters degree in microbiology (bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc.). She made it so simple to understand.


If you get Covid and you are vaccinated… The virus may or may not make you sick but when it leaves you to infect the next person it will be the same strength it was when it entered your body. 


If you get Covid virus and you are NOT vaccinated; the virus is able to replicate itself thousands of times in the cells of your body.  Every time the virus is able to replicate itself, it has the opportunity to morph into something much stronger. This way when the virus leaves you to infect the next person it’s much stronger than when it entered your body. That is why we get vaccinated. 


Vaccinations allow us to limit the strength of the virus so it does not get stronger. When it gets stronger we end up having the different variants like  Delta, etc.


I never understood this and it never made sense until she explained it this way to me. Now it makes total sense!






Please share this with anyone that needs to know this information. I feel like if people really understood the purpose of the vaccination then it would make total sense why everyone should be vaccinated.


Update added:  I have heard from many bloggers  that they are sharing this information. I want to make it clear that this is from a reputable source. The person who gave me this explanation is Maureen Lyons. She is a professor at my school with a Master of Science. She also has worked for close to 20 years as a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. She’s currently working in CRISPR technology (gene splitting, etc.). I just wanted to make sure I added this information so you understand that she is a very reputable source. I think she would be very happy to know that her explanation is helping people understand why they need to be vaccinated.  Please share!


Have you heard this explanation before? Does it make sense to you? Are you vaccinated? Everyone stay healthy out there!! Sending so many hugs! 


33 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard that explanation before but I'm double vaccinated and I've had a booster so hopefully if I do manage to catch the virus hopefully it won't affect me too badly. Stay well.

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    1. The explanation really hit home for me because it actually makes sense when you hear it. I just wish they would share it with the public this way (in an easier to understand way) so that more people can understand the purpose of the vaccine

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  2. I hadn't heard that explanation before and it makes total sense. It kind of explains why this Omicron variant is less lethal. Yes, third vaccination last week.

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    1. Nice Andrew! It made total sense to me what she explained it that way also.

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    1. Thank you so very much for reading it! Happy weekend Debby!

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  4. Interesting. I was very angry when I got covid after being vaccinated. I've waited on the booster because I don't want to keep getting injected with whatever is in it when I can still get the virus.

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    1. I heard a lot of people saying that too Julie. Especially those in the hospital last semester. Most fought it off but it could have been sooo much worse and then it could have replicated to be even stronger has they not been vaccinated.

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  5. Science rocks. My boyfriend’s best friend is convinced that there’s a difference between a vaccine and an inoculation, and that COVID shots shouldn’t be called vaccines because they don’t result in sterile immunity, he doesn’t have a clue about science, thanks for sharing your insights,

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    1. LOL! I think a lot of people hear different beliefs and it really is all about the source right? I don't know anything about sterile immunity but I know for sure that vaccines do their job and stop viruses from replicating in our cells. That science has definitely been proven. And, if I have to get COVID at all; I prefer a sniffley nose and cough to a ventilator machine every day of the week. HUGS

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  6. That makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing the explanation!!

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    1. I know Terri, right? It made perfect sense when she explained it in class and I knew I would never be able to explain it any better so I memorized it!! HAHA! As a nurse in training; I will always advocate for science and evidence-based learning. HUGS

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  7. This is wonderful! Thank you so much! I'm going to pass on your information to friends.

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    1. You are welcome Kay! I am sure my Professor would be happy that I am sharing it!! She was very passionate about people understanding why it is important and not just being told to do something. Happy weekend - HUGS

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  8. I am visiting from Andrew's blog. Thank you so much for this clear and sensible explanation.

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    1. Right?? You are welcome and believe me it is not my explanation. I just memorized it when the Professor said it. As a nurse I will need to be able to advocate for science and evidence-based learning which includes vaccines and it seemed like the easiest way to explain it to anyone. Thanks for coming by and commenting - HUGS

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  9. Thank you. I totally understood but was never smart enough to put it so succinctly! I will share!

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    1. That is what I said to the professor! She made it so easy to understand why we all need to be vaccinated for the good of everyone. I learned so much from her and really felt the need to share it since it made so much sense!

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  10. I just got my 3rd vaccine yesterday, I just feel a bit dizzy today that's all what I have as side effect. What you wrote I knew, the only thing for me difficult to understand is when you have nothing, but really nothing you feel like a fish in the water and for whatever reason you are asked to make a test and you are positive, meanwhile you had time to infect I don't know how many people ! My DIL had made a test which was negative two days later another one positive. Now I don't believe in tests anymore ! I live in Belgium and also love cats !

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    1. It is wonderful to meet you Gattina and thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting!! I would love to visit Belgium someday - that is on my bucket list. I agree with the testing - I think the medical community is really struggling to get the tests just right - not too sensitive and not enough sensitivity. Stay safe out there and if I ever have an explanation to your question I will definitely post it. HUGS

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    1. You are welcome Carla! Hope your weekend has been fantastic!!! Thanks for stopping by! HUGS

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  12. The shame of it is that people will be seeing vaccinated/boosted people still getting COVID (I know several who have gotten breakthrough infections) and think "it's a waste of time to get vaccinated". But the vaccinations were never advertised to be perfect, and we have variants that didn't exist when they were created. Meanwhile, they had a test giveaway in my community the other day and the lines were incredible.

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    1. I know Alana, right?!?!? My sisters town in Ohio gave everyone money!!! That is crazy to me also!!! The fact that we have to monetize looking out for our fellow Americans but such is the world we live in now. It seems like a lot of people are just looking out for their own "family" but I also think a lot has to do with misinformation that is being spread. Someday soon I hope things will be more clear to everyone...Fingers crossed!

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  13. Wow, thanks for the info. Very nice.

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    1. You are welcome Patrick! It made total sense to me and I think it is important that people understand why they are doing it and not just doing because someone tells them to. Have a great weekend!! HUGS

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  14. Excellent explanation that anyone can understand easily.

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    1. That is what I thought too!! All props go to my professor but I will continue to spread the message! HUGS

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  15. Yes but to the unvaxxed they will enjoy poking holes. They are dying in record numbers so it should level off. I am 2x vaxxed and boostered and will continue because I have underlying health issues. I honestly wouldn't care about getting it but giving it to someone who could die would make me incredibly upset. I am neither selfish or unpatriotic. You must be both to get the vaxx.

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    1. I feel the same Margaret and also am vaxed 2X plus boosted. I just think it may work better to inform people of the science behind the reasons instead of just saying you must get this. I think people would respond better when they have the information to make the correct decision?? Or, at least, I hope people will respond better? HA! I know this is the explanation I will use when I encounter people asking the questions during clinical rotations. I will keep you all posted on their responses. HUGS and stay safe!

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  16. Thanks, Ann, for this explanation which makes sense and WHY we are also vaccinated and with booster shots as soon as we could get all. The few people we know who have contracted covid, etc. have also been vaccinated and described it as feeling run down like with the flu or bad cold.

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    1. This is the only "medical science" I can relate and that is due to the fact that it is word for word what our professor told us. I wish I understood more but I do know that my entire family is double vaxed with a booster (including nieces and nephews) and not one had a bad reaction to the shot. The ones that got COVID just got a cold so I am happy they are protected either way. My shingles shot was WAY worse than my COVID ones....HA!

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