In a statement, fifty doctors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) drew attention to the importance of the coronavirus immunization. According to MTA’s Department of Medical Sciences, the spread of the epidemic can only be curbed with vaccination.
In a statement published on Tuesday, MTA’s Department of Medical Sciences reminds everyone that it is vaccines that protect us against smallpox, epidemic polio, mumps, measles, and smallpox, to name just a few, and are also the most important tool in preventing the spread of infectious diseases among adults.
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Any medical intervention has risks, but the risk of vaccinations is usually dwarfed compared to their effectiveness, the statement says adding that even though mild side effects such as local redness, inflammation, fever may occur; real side effects, allergic reactions are extremely rare.
By now, millions of people around the world have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine without serious side effects, the statement emphasizes.
The Department of Medical Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences encourages everyone – unless it is contraindicated for some special medical reason- to vaccinate themselves to protect themselves, their families and society.
In an interview with Inforádió, the President of the department, Veronika Ádám further outlined the importance of vaccination. The professor believes fears about vaccination are unfounded; this vaccine is much safer than any other developed before.
This disease is not to be mixed with the common flu, it is a very serious disease which caused the death of more than 10,000 people in Hungary”
When asked about the rather short development time of the new vaccine, Veronika Ádám said that it is not the current development process that was short – the previous ones had taken too long.
“This time the production of the vaccine concluded with an unparalleled worldwide collaboration. It accelerated the working process tremendously without any compromise to the scientific requirement,” Ádám said. “Also, enough money was available for research, so a lot of people could work on it,” she added.
Unfortunately, many people in Hungary do not want to get inoculated, either because they are afraid of the side effects of the vaccine or because they have doubts about its effectiveness.
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According to the most recent official data, one million people in Hungary have registered to be vaccinated against Covid-19 which is far from the 60% vaccination threshold required to reach herd immunity.
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