Vaccinations and safety

In the midst of the current discourse regarding vaccinations, I’ve been praying to see through the fear surrounding these discussions. I’ve found prayer to be effective in calming fear. This is important within this increasingly heated debate, where the focus seems to be on disease, contagion, and the potential side effects of the shots required.

I remember praying through similar fears while preparing to serve in the Peace Corps in West Africa. The program required certain medications and vaccinations. There were conversations about this and fear on all sides. On one side, there was strong concern about the illnesses deemed prevalent in that area and a strong opinion that the only protection was through pills and shots. On the other side, there was fear among Peace Corps volunteers about a certain medication that had received much media coverage about its significant negative side effects. In addition, because I had never had any vaccinations in my life, I would have to get all of them at once, which also brought about concern regarding possible reactions.

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