Being reasonable. Researchers made it clear, however, that they are not advocating that people go out and start getting tattoos left and right simply because they don’t want to catch a cold. The study was based on a small number of people and more research still needs to be done. So don't tatt up and think you're good for life!
Consequences. A doctor from Alabama spoke to the Huffington Post and made the point that tattoos can also have negative consequences. When is this the case? Particularly when people are getting them at questionable parlors or are unprepared for the pain that is to inevitably come with getting a tattoo.
Risks."I would not encourage anyone to get a tattoo for the sake of immune system benefit. Getting a tattoo carries significant risks -- including infection, scarring, and potential adverse psychological effects. It’s very unlikely that these risks are outweighed by any boost in immune system response,” said Dr. Sylvie Stacy, as reported by the Huffington post.
Vaccines. Dr. Lynn found that perhaps the application of vaccines as a tattoo would be more beneficial in the long run, and might change the way people get vaccinated in the future. Sure, it sounds a little nuts. But if the science backs it up, this could very well be the way of the future.
Effectiveness. "There is ... evidence suggesting that applying a vaccine with a tattoo approach -- several small punctures, not one big shot -- may increase the effectiveness,” said Lynn, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Self-expression. Aside from potentially helping you fight off a cold, tattoos are a creative form of self-expression that can set people apart from others in their own unique way. People get tattoos to commemorate an important even in their lives, or simply to adorn their bodies. Potentially raising your immune system's strength is just an added bonus.
Risks. Its important to take into consideration where you chose to go get tattooed. For example, the back of your friends car on a particularly intoxicated night out probably isn’t going to end well. Be healthy, be happy, and make smart choices.