LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: When it becomes available, vaccination will be best way to avoid COVID-19 ; COVID-19 increases need for services from Council on Aging

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When it becomes available, vaccination will be best way to avoid COVID-19For those of you wondering about the safety of getting a COVID-19 vaccination …I understand your concern about putting a foreign substance into your body. Having said that, I do think there is a genuine public-health matter that makes it particularly important for many people in the United States to be part of the eventual “herd” immunity.
As youngsters, millions of us were able to avoid mumps, measles, smallpox and polio because we were vaccinated. Thankfully, polio was basically eradicated from our U.S. population.For 10 years, prior to my retirement, I was an associate professor of preventive medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. This letter is a gentle plea to support the science.When a coronavirus vaccine is proven safe (knowing of course that nothing is 100% foolproof) later this year or early next year, it will be personally wise — as well as charitable and even patriotic — to join in the immunization process. Doing so will show that you are ready to be part of the solution.As a scientist, I see getting vaccinated as good preventive medicine.

In the meantime, please remember that wearing …

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