Five Vaccine Myths You Should Stop Believing

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There are some myths surrounding vaccines that have been around for a while but there is a need to look beyond the misconceptions. Sit back as we separate the wheat from the chaff regarding vaccine myths.

Vaccines Cause Terrible Side Effects
The fact is every Vaccine goes through rigorous testing before they become available. While there’s a chance you could have mild side effects like bruising or a day of feeling sniffly, a serious side effect is extremely rare.

There’s No Point In Getting Vaccinated For Rare Diseases
Diseases like the measles and polio might be rare in the United States and Europe, but they still exist in other parts of the world. It takes only one unimmunized traveller to bring a disease home from another country.

More so, some people, such as cancer patients and newborns, can’t get vaccines, so getting yourself immunized protects not only you but others in your community.

Children’s immune systems can’t handle more than one vaccine at a time
Getting several different vaccines at the same time won’t cause any lasting health problems, and they leave the immune system weak.

Children are exposed to hundreds of viruses and bacteria during normal activities like eating and playing, and getting vaccines those not put added stress on their immune system.

Some studies have even suggested that the immune system might actually get stronger with a combination of vaccines than getting one at a time, likely because they call for different arms of the immune system that then work together.

You’re more likely to get sick from a vaccine than from the environment
Vaccines are obtained from killed or weakened viruses, or just specific proteins from them, which won’t cause serious illness. To help the body recognize and fight the disease in the future, the immune system will have the same response it would to a real infection.

The worst than can happen when you get a vaccine shot is a minor symptom like a brief fever that’s way less dangerous than anything you’d pick up from your environment. Even if you do feel a bit sick, your sniffles are probably totally unrelated to your shot.

Vaccines can cause autism
this myth is ridiculous to say the least. The rumour most likely came about as a result of a flawed 1998 study that only examined 12 children and didn’t include a control group to pinpoint the cause of their symptoms.

An investigation by the British medical journal BMJ found that the lead author had altered the kids’ medical histories. The study was later formally retracted by 10 of its 13 original authors, and numerous studies have since found no link between vaccines and autism.



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