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Vaccines: Fact or Fiction
As vaccines become more available, it’s worth your time to learn the
truth about them. Too often, myths float
around and we’re not sure what information we can believe or trust. Hospitals,
universities, medical associations – all are
sending verifiable information to those
people with whom they have a relationship, making sure they facts are available.
Here are a few facts and myths to test
your vaccine knowledge and feel safe
when it’s your turn to roll up your sleeve.
MYTH: The vaccines were rushed.
No, not true. Scientists and pharmaceutical companies are always working
on new products, among them vaccines.
Since we’re had coronaviruses already
(SARS is one), there was a lot of research
already in the works to combat them. No
steps were skipped in either creating the
vaccines or any of the testing phases or
trials. There’s also an additional layer of
vetting the vaccines by outside experts
who review the actual data generated.
Only after all these checks were complet- take precautions: wear a mask and main- MYTH: The virus has mutated, so our
ed were the vaccines given emergency tain physical distancing. You don’t want vaccines won’t work.
authorization for use.
to be vulnerable during this period.
Viruses mutate all the time. It’s nothing new. The current vaccines work on
MYTH: The vaccines will alter your DNA. MYTH: Other vaccines will protect you. the mutations which are spreading more
Nope. Again, not true. The vaccines
Existing vaccines, like pneumonia or quickly, but should a variant occur, the
use something called mRNA. It’s like a flu or shingles shots, don’t have the mRNA technology allows adaptation
temporary instruction manual for your information your body needs to fend off or modification to fight new strains of
body to fight COVID-19. This manual COVID-19. Their jobs are to prevent or COVID-19. When it’s your turn, get vacenters your body in a small capsule. Once help your body repel pneumonia, flu or cinated.
it does its job of teaching your cells how shingles. COVID-19 is called a ‘novel
Take some time to read Infectious, an
to fight, it disappears. It is also very frag- coronavirus’ because it hasn’t been seen
article in this issue about the vaccines.
ile, so it doesn’t last after it sends out its before. Therefore, vaccines that already
There’s a lot of solid information included
instructions. It never gets anywhere near exist cannot help you.
and Dr. Daniel J. Winn, vice president
MYTH: If I get the vaccine, I’ll test and chief medical officer for CareFirst
BlueCross BlueShield, does an excellent
MYTH: You can get COVID-19 from
positive for COVID-19
No way. The vaccine doesn’t contain job of explaining how they function. You
Never. In the past, vaccines used COVID-19 so there’s no way you could can also visit his company’s COVID-19
live, weakened, or inactivated forms of get it from the vaccine. Remember, the website (https://individual.carefirst.com/
viruses. The two vaccines use mRNA, vaccine acts as an instruction manual for individuals-families/about-us/coronavia newer technology, so there is no way your body to make antibodies. But you rus-resource-center.page), updated daily,
you could get COVID-19. But, developing are vulnerable until those antibodies are with solid, accurate information you can
antibodies can take six weeks after the made so continue to take precautions.
first injection, so you should continue to
Immune Response to
SARS-CoV-2 in Recovered
COVID-19 Patients Study
The purpose of this research study is to study how
immune cells respond to COVID-19 infection.
YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE IF:
You are 18 years of age or older
Proof of positive COVID-19 test
Not currently taking corticosteroids, chemotherapy drugs,
radiation therapy, and/or immunosuppressive drugs
Experiencing no symptoms of a viral infection
Principal Investigator: Nan-ping Weng, MD, Ph.D
NIA Study 000140
National Institute on Aging
Medstar Harbor Hospital, 5th Floor
3001 South Hanover Street
Baltimore, MD 21225
Participants will complete
1 study visit with the option of
2 additional visits.
Participation will include blood draws,
urine and saliva collection,
medical history,and COVID-19
You will be compensated for your time.
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