After months of uncertainty, the new drug can create phobias in the population
The vaccine against covid-19 is already a reality. The United Kingdom has been the first country in the world to authorize its commercialization, and other nations will soon follow by immunizing their population against covid19.
2020, the year that we live the pandemic, as will be remembered, says goodbye with all the hopes placed on the recovery of the sick and on the global administration of the doses necessary to stop the spread of the virus.
However, as the psychologist Pilar Conde explains, it is normal that, after months in which our daily lives have been completely transformed by the health alarm, we feel some concern and uncertainty about the new horizon; the year 2021 in which we will be administered the fastest vaccine in history.
In addition, the changes and the different medical criteria in relation to an unknown disease with serious effects on the population, have contributed to creating a certain climate of unease about the final evolution of the entire process.
Faced with so many unknowns, the technical director of Clinicas Origen recommends avoiding over information about the vaccine, about the different types, possible side effects, and adverse reactions. The ideal is to choose the information medium that each person considers most reliable and go to it in a timely manner when you want to obtain some information or know what the evolution or the last hour around the vaccination is.
It is not a question of hiding or sweetening the contents related to the vaccine, a possibility against which the College of Psychologists of Valencia has openly declared contrary, but rather that each person, clarifies Pilar Conde, is aware of the pros and cons and can thus decide what is best for you.
Any news or information that is not supported by a trusted source must be discarded. This is the case of many contents that usually circulate on social networks and that cause alarm. We must discard, he explains, all this flow of information and avoid spreading its viralization.
Pregnant women, children, and hypochondriacs
A “risk” group, in this case in terms of waiting for the evolution of the results of the vaccines, are those who suffer from hypochondria. Those who feel a constant concern or fear for their own health may have a tendency to suffer from anxiety, thinking that they are sick, which leads to somatic symptoms. If we think about the interval from the administration of the vaccine to the end of the observation period for any side effect, hypochondriacs can have a really bad time and see their anxiety considerably increased.
In general, the psychologist clarifies, if the results of the vaccine are not trusted, it is normal to feel some anguish and something, even, of fear. What he recommends is to avoid the voluntary check on the sensations of the body. Under normal circumstances, we hardly notice the changes that our body experiences on a daily basis. However, when we concentrate on exploring our temperature, for example, or if we have some aphonia, some small annoyance, we can find it, misinterpret it and magnify it.
When in doubt, the advice is to go to health professionals and, if possible, those closely related to vaccination. If any clarification is needed, the best thing, if possible, is to raise it the day we are going to prick.
For children, a population group “natural enemy” of vaccines, for fear of injection, it will be good to educate them by example. We are, once again, the mirror in which they will look. If they are still reluctant, a support can be to explain the advantages associated with returning to their old life, without a mask and without distance, or, at least, without so much fear of the disease.
Newborns, on the other hand, will not be part of the group of people who will be vaccinated first, waiting for the list of the Ministry of Health to be made official. Pregnant women, on the other hand, are a risk group against covid19, explains Fulvia Mancini. The medical director of EVA Clinics, always cautious in the face of new discoveries that are being made about the virus, explains that “it is because the uterus, especially in the last trimester, reduces respiratory capacity, in addition per se, pregnancy is a condition of thrombotic risk, which increases with covid19. In other words, pregnancy is an added risk factor but the baby itself has no added risk because it is a newborn. “
For this reason, the doctor considers that pregnant women should occupy one of the first places in the vaccination order and clarifies that the fetus is not immunized at the same time as the mother.
Finally, good news for those who are thinking of starting assisted reproduction treatment. The vaccine does not interfere with treatments at all. Thus, the recommendation for women who are undergoing In Vitro Fertilization or Artificial Insemination is that “please, everyone gets vaccinated.”