Vaccine Hesitancy

Musings of a Microbiology Student

How Vaccines Work 

An article from the World Health Organization details how vaccines work. Vaccines consist of inactive or weakened antigens, which are parts of pathogens that trigger the production of antibodies. Rather than causing disease, the antigens contained in the vaccine initiate the immune response in order to provide an individual with active immunity. When the majority of a community gets vaccinated, it protects others who are immunocompromised and unable to receive the vaccine. As an example of the benefits of vaccination, poliovirus went from a worldwide disease in the 1900s to a disease that was eliminated everywhere except in Afghanistan and Pakistan by August 2020. 

A graphic from WHO detailing how vaccines work

Brief History on Vaccine Hesitancy

In order to explore the topic of vaccine hesitancy, I read an article from the New York Times tracing its history. Vaccine hesitancy is when people refuse to get vaccinated…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is Feel free to contact me.


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