It's so easy to forget what a world without vaccines would look like. Would our kids be able to go to nursery at such an early age? Would we feel safe traveling the world so carefree? The answer is probably not.
To many people, vaccines are something checked off the list to allow them to send kids off to schools that would only accept them with a record. The impact they have on our lives seems almost invisible. It's easy to see why almost a century after their discovery, the importance of vaccines in our daily lives has been replaced by some doubt. Doubts about their effectiveness, because why can't we just get sick and reach herd immunity like the good old days?
In the light of COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out globally and many feeling hesitant to take them (which is understandable since it's a new vaccine), here's a quick refresher of a few diseases that would've still been around if it hadn't been for vaccines:
At the end of the day, this is what immunization and prevention programs are all about. They help you forget all about diseases so that you can live your life as "normal" as possible. The new normal that we've been living since COVID-19 began, is actually the only normal there was before vaccines were introduced. A life where infectious diseases are a risk that you learn to live with. Decades later, this generation is truly blessed to have lived through a pandemic and have a vaccine to prevent it within the same year.