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The astonishing success of COVID vaccines

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  • #46
    Originally posted by Sparko View Post

    I routinely know more about my own medical conditions than the people treating me. I have had more than one nurse ask if I was a doctor before

    eta: that reminded me of something that royally ticked me off: About a month ago I got a call from someone at Kroger Pharmacy saying that they needed to schedule me for a Shingles vaccine. I asked which doctor of mine set that up, and after some hesitation she admitted none of them, this was basically Kroger pushing the vaccine on people. I got angry and told her that I am not allowed to get live vaccine shots (which the shingles virus is) and that it could cause real damage if I didn't know better and just listened to her "scheduling" me for the shingles vaccine without knowing my medical history or getting approval from my doctors first. I think I scared her pretty good. I hope she reported back to her boss and they stopped doing such nonsense.
    I agree from the perspective that we should be acquire as much knowledge about our own medical issues as possible. Doctors and other health professionals deal with so many patients they cannot always deal with everyone's health problems.
    Glendower: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
    Hotspur: Why, so can I, or so can any man;
    But will they come when you do call for them? Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, Act III:

    go with the flow the river knows . . .

    Frank

    I do not know, therefore everything is in pencil.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by shunyadragon View Post

      I agree from the perspective that we should be acquire as much knowledge about our own medical issues as possible. Doctors and other health professionals deal with so many patients they cannot always deal with everyone's health problems.
      Yeah without our charts they probably don't even remember what we have when we visit them. It's like an assembly line at most doctor's offices. My primary doctor got tired of that and really shrank down her practice to only the patients she can handle personally. More like an old school country doctor, without the house calls. But the specialists I see (endocrinologist, cardiologist, etc) have way too many patients. Heck some of them I have to schedule months in advance to even get in. And then they ask some dumb questions, the nurses check vitals and they update any prescriptions and send me home.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Sparko View Post
        Teal, the vaccines not only prevent infection, but in the cases where that fails, it prevents death by making the infection much milder and shorter than without vaccination. So the death rate does matter.

        I agree that the infection rate is going to be the most relevant though. And it seems to be dropping among those vaccinated. Most of the continued infections seem to be from those who were not vaccinated (according to a news report I was listening to today)
        I have lost 3 people close to me to Covid-19. So the disease is a real threat. I have gotten the first stage of the vaccine and will be getting the second stage on the 7th of May.

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