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Dr. Anderson: Thoughts on herd immunity and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
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Dr. Larry Anderson of Anderson Family Medicine in Dawsonville. - photo by Jessica Taylor

We are having a beautiful Spring. First, the Forsythia (yellow bells) and then daffodils, Bradford Pears, Dogwoods and now Azaleas and do not forget all the shades of green the trees and grasses are showing. It is a good thing we are all wearing our masks.  

Everyone seems to have a love/hate relationship with Dr. Fauci. He found it difficult to give metrics as to when we can drop the masks when asked by a Congressional Committee. Perhaps if he had called me I could have referred him to the metrics that Israel has used.

Remember we have looked to them for guidance before. When Israel achieved 80% vaccination, then the masks came off and they went outdoors. Not a bad metric for us. Dr. Fauci keeps changing the herd immunity so 80% sounds good to me. Remember there is no science to follow, just common sense.

Unfortunately, Johnson & Johnson has had some bad reactions. My heart goes out to the six who seem to have had blood clots from the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Over 7 million doses of Johnson & Johnson have been given with only six bad reactions. This is still tragic. Now we have to figure out why it happened. 

There are two words we have to be careful with: casual and causal. Same letters but you have to pay close attention to the relationship of the S and the U. My students often hear me say there is no guessing in medicine. Be careful in drawing causal conclusions as to why this happened. We do not have much Johnson & Johnson vaccine in this county. The main exception is the school system, which did get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I am sure that Dr. Gibbs is paying close attention to this.  

We are almost there. Get your vaccine and then come to my office for your pin. Wear your mask. Be safe. 

Thanks for reading.