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  • Scholastica Njogu

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    October 6, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    One reason for hesitancy is because people dont know how vaccines work/ developed. The science behind it is hard for the general population to understand. A key strategy is simplifying the science for easier understanding

    Here are some common concerns from the general population and some simple answers:

    1. Why do we have to get so many vaccines in a lifetime- this is because each virus/bacteria has its own antibodies, its just like a key for every lock

    2. Why do viruses mutate- think about having a cake recipe and either missing an ingredient or skipping a step, the result will be different than intended

    3. Why do vaccines use the virus causing the infection ( this is a common question for Covid19 vaccines)- give a brief history of vaccine development, how smallpox was eradicated, the childhood vaccines, then discuss that the component in the vaccines cannot cause infection its purpose is to awaken the army

    4. Why the side effects- the body recognizes the enemy and summons the army, it is during this fight that we experience side effects that are short-lived

    5. How to explain antibodies and how vaccines work-when talking about antibodies say the army that fights the bodies enemies, the B and T cell are the special forces that are trigerred by specific enemies. The special forces protect us from future attacks, they chill in the barracks and are trigerred immediately the enemy is recognized