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”. 

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

  1. How often do we make a choice or choices without any consideration for ourselves or other people. We just make choices automatically without considering the effects of the consequences. This is a interesting blog as it highlights how we can just be thinking of ourselves with no consideration for the outplay those choices may have on others.

  2. Judith what you have shared here is spot on, it isn’t just about us, but everyone around us. There has been a recent outbreak of measles in Sydney, and the media were asking people if they had been around the places this patient had visited, to be aware and they may need to consult their GP. I have been a health care professional and I haven’t seen a case of measles and hope I never do so.
    Our babies are protected from certain disease, so the parents and adults are asked to be vaccinated to protect the newborn from contracting the disease, as it can be fatal to a newborn.

    We have to consider the responsibility we have for protecting the others, for the sake of a possible sore arm or a few aches and pains here and there, it is a vital program to caring for others.

  3. A choice made for love to ourselves, it can’t be but a choice for love to others, as love always includes everyone in it.

    1. Amparo, love for ourselves leads to love for others, with the former and the latter, we can’t be one or the other, it is for the all. Love has no boundaries, it doesn’t pick and choose, it is inclusive of everyone. So let’s be responsible in that.

  4. What I can feel from this is how we could be so disconnected from something that we wouldn’t even have questions to ask and have a discussion even if we are in no way fully informed and have real clarity as to what then to do, and taking responsibility restores connection and invites more awareness.

  5. “I realised that vaccination is a responsibility I hold towards my community.” By taking care of ourselves with vaccination we are taking care of others.

  6. I love this approach to life, our choices don’t just impact us but everyone around us equally – and vaccination is such a great example of this, if we are unvaccinated we are not only risking our health but everyone else’s too.

  7. Showing care and concern for our health and wellbeing is a truly great thing, vaccinations give us the opportunity to also care for our communities by not carrying illnesses that could impact the people around us.

  8. We often think that the choice to get a vaccination is a choice just for us, yet it is clearly a choice to protect not only you and your family but the community as a whole, a much bigger responsibility and not one based on self.

  9. We impact others and in ways we often forget, and while as is so rightly said here we might be fine with those impacts on us we need to consider how they impact others … and vaccination is one such an example, and reading this today reminds me that how I am with my body impacts all others in every detail.

  10. I have found it very interesting and liberating in a way recently to be making choices in my life based on the bigger picture of how they will affect my whole community rather than just focusing on what is best for me.

  11. A couple of years ago I got to see the consequences of our irresponsibility of not having one of our children vaccinated for measles, when they contracted it. The whole school had to be informed, everybody who visited the doctors practice that day and they had to clean the whole practice and these were only the practical consequences. A big lesson that every choice we make influence others too.

  12. I love the responsibility that you are bringing in this sharing Judith. We can so easily get into a strong belief and run with it and even preach it without truly considering the consequences that this has not only for ourselves, and our family but the community as you say.

  13. Choices we make differ very much whether we think we are all solo units operating with no connectivity whatsoever in-between and what we each individually do does not affect others as long as it is not physical; or, we recognise and understand the inter-connectedness we all belong to and everything we do has a knock-on affect on everyone else.

  14. We generally as a humanity need to live with far greater awareness of the inescapable fact that we are living together and all that we do and the quality in which we live greatly impacts the well-being of our community, local and global. When this level of awareness and responsibility is embraced and claimed we will begin to realise what it is to live the power of brotherhood.

  15. Last winter they were giving out free flu jabs for healthcare workers and elderly, worker as the former with the latter I took it up straight away. We have the potential to pass on everything to each other as everything being energy, being aware of what we carry (conditions / energy) can help us be aware, responsible and also appreciate what we do bring to others.

  16. People say they are scared of needles, or that you hardly ever hear of anyone getting that disease anymore, and they don’t get themselves vaccinated, yet there is a much bigger picture here, some diseases we don’t hear of that often as people are vaccinated against them and I myself am not keen on needles so I don’t watch the needle go in, but I do choose to get vaccinated.

  17. I have heard health practitioners speak of those who are vaccinated as being the ones who are holding the rest of the population who are not vaccinated. And I find this beautiful and makes me wonder what else, in this sea of energy, we could all be holding for each other…

  18. ” Vaccination – more than just self-protection ”
    This is an important point here understanding about Vaccination .

  19. To vaccinate or not is an interesting debate because people have become scared of the vaccinations but have no lived experiences of what it means to have these diseases back in our lives and the devastating effects that can result. It’s as if things aren’t real until they happen to us.

    1. We are blessed to have eradicated so many truly awful diseases through vaccinations. As a result of not seeing or experiencing these illnesses we may not truly realise just what value vaccinations have.

  20. We can never act in isolation from others and need to consider the impact of our actions on everyone. Thank you for the reminder to take responsibility for how our choices affect our community in ways we may never be aware of.

  21. Judith this is a clear example of becoming more responsible and seeing how your choices could affect the community and cause harm to another, when we look beyond our own ‘self’ we begin to see how our choices impact on everybody around us.

  22. Judith, you are quite right. It seems the Incas and Mayans were wiped out by being infected from healthy Spanish carriers of the diseases.

  23. This is a great example of how awareness can bring in more love and care in the choices we make. Like, a possibility of carrying a pathogen but not feeling sick therefore putting others at risk of catching it is something I had never considered. And it is also very empowering when we can make a choice knowing full well why we choose to do what we do or don’t do, instead of avoiding or ignoring the subject matter.

  24. 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.

  25. “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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

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