Vaccination – more than just self-protection

By Judith Andras, Health Practitioner and Store Manager, Germany. 

I was greatly inspired by the blog: My Experience of Vaccination and Self-care by Jennifer Smith, a registered Nurse in NSW Australia.

It made me aware that I had avoided this subject and simply ignored it, despite the fact that my GP at my last check up explicitly talked to me about the importance of vaccination.

After reading the blog I made another appointment. Whilst I was waiting to see my doctor I had the opportunity to read through a brochure about vaccination, which was available in the waiting room and provided me with a good basic understanding about the subject.

I also had a chat with my doctor, before I got the shot and he answered all my concerns, from: “Can I get sick from the vaccination?” to “Are there any risks involved with vaccination?”

Talking to him allowed me to feel that this is really a field of competency for him. He has administered vaccines to hundreds of people and their families over many years and besides his knowledge about official statistics, he actually has his own experience about adverse reactions, etc. I could feel his lived knowledge whilst he was talking and that he really knows what he is doing.

Talking to my GP about vaccination raised my awareness on another level as well, and made me stop and deeply consider. I realised that vaccination is something that I am not just doing for myself. But by making sure I am vaccinated I actually take care that others are also protected from that disease.

What we need to understand in this context is that vaccination is a protection from infectious diseases, and a lot of these diseases actually decimated whole villages, even cities, not that long ago and still have the potential to do so.

Whereas my body may be strong enough to deal with a particular disease if I get infected, it could actually be so strong that I may not even notice that I am carrying the pathogen! I may just think I have a cold or a cough or have eaten the wrong food. In that case, whilst I would be fine and go about living my life as if nothing was wrong with me, I actually endanger others who may be weaker (e.g. elderly or sick people, babies, etc.) that may get infected through me.

So I realised that vaccination is a responsibility I hold towards my community. And also I saw that by walking around without being vaccinated, I could potentially cause harm to others. And furthermore, by getting vaccinated I also help the whole community to eradicate that specific disease.

The choices we make do not only affect us – they affect everyone around us, sometimes in ways we don’t see or realise. And for me, vaccination is one of those choices that I now choose – for me and for everyone.

 

You can read more about Serge Benhayon’s views on vaccination on the blog “Serge Benhayon on vaccination – choice and responsibility”. 

395 thoughts on “Vaccination – more than just self-protection

  1. understanding that vaccination is indeed a responsibility that we hold within our community, and also to see how irresponsibility can spread through small communities fuelled by rumour and myth.

  2. It is a responsibility for us all to not do ourselves and others harm through these diseases. We are all vulnerable to these pathogens, and it is an arrogant thought that we can’t be harmed, as when we choose to not vaccinate we are also harming others.

  3. A great way to look at vaccinations – taking it bigger to ask yourself what does that mean for humanity – and as you share – we are taking the care to not affect others. To see a vaccination as something that supports a community is a beautiful way to look at it and makes a lot of sense to me.

  4. It is great to make choices for the benefit of all, and having some vaccines seem to benefit the wider community. Unfortunately there is so much corruption and greed within the pharmaceutical industry that many are left unclear what is true.

  5. Judith, great points about vaccinations not being so much for self as for the whole community and as you say some of these diseases did wipe out whole communities in the past and this needs to be remembered. A few scare stories about vaccinations invented or made up for someone or others personal agenda has done huge damage by steering many away from vaccination. Some of these stories were a deliberate manipulation of the facts to grab a moment of fame, which later become one of notoriety.

  6. Thank you Judith, it does come down to taking responsibility of ourselves and being truly caring towards others. It seems that when a disease has been out of the public eye for many years the ferocity of the illness gets forgotten as there are no living examples or family stories to pass on, and then it only takes one to start the ball rolling by refusing to vaccinate their children, and very quickly the disease is re-introduced into communities. This surely clearly shows us that what we do effects everyone and has the potential to devastate communities.

  7. For a long time Judith, I shied away from having vaccinations. Now seeing the bigger picture of my responsibility to the community and especially those who are vulnerable my feelings around vaccinations have changed drastically. In the hospital I work at each year we are offered flu jabs and it feels great to all come together in this way knowing that we are supporting something bigger than ourselves.

  8. This topic is an extraordinary point of reflection for us all… If we simply went back 100 years to the plagues that literally wiped out tens of millions of people, fast forward to today, where some of the best aspects of conventional medicine can be seen in the vaccination programmes for the children around the world, and yet in our arrogance, we will choose to endanger not just ourselves, but those around us.

  9. Choosing to vaccinate or not is a great reflection of the responsibility that we all have to live in a way that is not harming to others. For me this has always been clouded by the corruption and greed that I could feel from pharmaceutical industries but what I am now recognising is that by opting out of any vaccination programme the impact of my reaction potentially has far reaching consequences which I need to consider and address. Thank you for exposing my arrogance and irresponsibility towards this area of my health and well-being.

  10. To vaccinate or not vaccinate is a great metaphor for the wider responsibility that is on offer in any small or large choice in our day.

  11. Vaccinations are a great support to ourselves and the society we live in, if we look at countries were there has been little or no vaccination available you get to see the devastation illness causes and when a simple vaccination can make the difference between illness, death or life in some cases, we need to look after ourselves and the rest of humanity too.

  12. It’s true that so many of us think of vaccination as a personal issue, so what you discuss here Judith is really important for the health of our communities and worldwide family. Of course it must always come down to being a personal choice, (I don’t advocate that it should be compulsory) however in that choice we need to consider that every decision we make affects everyone equally, so whether it’s choosing what to eat or whether we vaccinate ourselves or our children, true responsibility would be to consider all in every choice.

  13. Once upon a time I was anti-vaccination, having been ‘taught’ all sorts of awful things about it and the potential and supposed harm it has done to so many. Today, thanks to the perspective offered by Serge Benhayon, I have a much broader understanding of its necessity and support of communities as a whole.
    I would not approach it the same way I did when my son was young if I had my time again, as there was a level of irresponsibility that was part of those choices back then.

  14. Judith this is spot on – “The choices we make do not only affect us – they affect everyone around us, sometimes in ways we don’t see or realise.” – everything we do, everything we say and even the way we move affects others, and so too does the fact of making a choice of vaccination or not.

  15. Vaccination has been a proven and safe technique for a long time. Doctors all know it to be so and so did most of their patients. Then one man’s research considered by the medical profession to be fraudulent linked vaccination with causing autism.

  16. When a healthy individual chooses not to be vaccinated they are relying on everyone else to choose to be vaccinated so that they are not exposed to a potentially life threatening disease.

  17. “I could feel his lived knowledge”. When knowledge comes only from our head, it lacks something, it feels like words only and can be easy to tune out. When knowledge comes from living, it feels much more tangible, full, and real.

  18. It’s great that you committed to asking questions and raising your awareness on a topic so that you could make a more informed decision and in this case learn that vaccinating was about not just your protecting yourself but those around you. People often ignore the impact that their actions can have on others with sometimes dire consequences.

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