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For those who do not work in the health care field, would you want to get the Ebola vaccine?

Asked by canidmajor (16807points) November 29th, 2014

Human trials of the experimental vaccine have been promising, and this bodes well for the Doctors Without Borders volunteers, and all the aid workers in Ebola affected regions.

Would you want to get the vaccine when it becomes widely available, even if you are at low risk of contracting the virus?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

It would or will depend on the prevalence of the disease, side effects, the expense involved, the probability of future travel through areas where the infection is endemic. There are too many variables for me to predict the likelihood of such a thing.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Nope,thanks for asking though.

ragingloli's avatar

once the likelyhood of me contracting ebola is high, yes.
but if it means that someone in africa does not get it, then no.

ragingloli's avatar

Let me also add, that I find it sickening that the ebola vaccine development only got into gear once precious white people were endangered.

marinelife's avatar

No, why would I?

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

My risk is quite low so I wouldn’t rush out to get it. I think @ragingloli‘s point is excellent. If low risk people in wealthy first world countries around the world getting the vaccine means high risk people in Africa miss out, that would be a disgrace (but the situation is quite plausible).

canidmajor's avatar

@marinelife: I ask because the push to get a vaccine, any vaccine is so intense in our culture. It was not so long ago that getting a flu shot was only recommended for specific at risk groups, now one is called “anti-vaxer” and vilified by so many for choosing not to, even when they’re not in a high risk demographic. There used to be scare threads here on Fluther on just that topic.
There have also been a few “Ebola hysterical” threads here.

@all: at this point this is a hypothetical, asked with the assumption that there is enough for all.
My curiosity is about how you would feel personally, not whether choices would be made as to who was to have access.

JLeslie's avatar

No. I haven’t even had the shingles vaccine and I suffer with shingles now and then since my twenties. I also don’t take the flu vaccine. Both of those have already been through trials and are on the market.

If it became epidemic I might consider it, but since it is not highly contagious without close contact I would probably hibernate in my house a month or two for the scare to pass.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Given that “when it becomes widely available” means that there is no shortage, and assuming there are no terrible side effects, then I’d be happy to get it. Vaccines are preventative medicine at its best.

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