Five Myths And Facts About Vaccines

Vaccines are meant to prevent diseases. Like any other medications, vaccines also does have some side effects. There are reports of fatality related to vaccine administration, which are very much highlighted by media and people develop various myths regarding vaccines. As a result the beneficial effects vaccines provide us and humanity is totally forgotten. How can we forget that due to highly effective vaccine, once dreaded disease “small pox” is now eradicated form the face of Earth? This is possible only through highly effective vaccines and not possible with highly effective medication. This is the greatness of vaccines. Unfortunately many people view vaccines/immunization with suspicion. Here are common myths and facts regarding some vaccine:ID-100228285

Myth: you are safe if everyone get vaccinated.

Fact: unfortunately this is not true. The way you think, many others also might be thinking same way and do not get vaccinated. When you end up with such persons, there is high possibility of getting a disease from non-vaccinated person and vice-versa. Also, similar thinking persons may send their kids to same school and so on and the chance of getting in same place is very high indeed. The myth can be true, if (a BIG IF) everyone get vaccinated except YOU. But this is not going to be the case.

Myth: vaccines cause autism.

Fact: this myth came out due to a faulty study in 1998 by Andrew Wakefield which claimed that it found a link between the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and autism. This resulted a panic that led to dropping immunization rates, and subsequent outbreaks. Later the study was found to be faulty. Several studies were conducted after that and no study found a link between MMR vaccine and autism.

Myth: Vaccines guarantee protection from disease it is meant to protect.

Fact: unfortunately it is not true. No vaccine can provide 100% protection as no medication is 100% effective. Hence, if you have taken a vaccine does not mean you cannot get the disease. However, the risk is much lower than non-vaccinated persons. Good news is that, after vaccination, if you get the disease, it will not be serious and life threatening (in case vaccine is for life threatening disease). The more people get vaccinated against a disease, the greater is the possibility of preventing the disease in a community.

Myth: vaccines are meant for kids only.

Fact: this is far from truth. It is true that most vaccines are usually for kids. There are many vaccines that adults need to take, if already not taken. For example, hepatitis B vaccine. It is for everyone, from a newborn baby to very old person. Other vaccines that adults should receive include pneumonia vaccine, flu vaccine, and tetanus booster to name a few.

Myth: natural immunity is better.

Fact: it is partly true that natural infection may impart lifelong immunity against some viral disease. However, consider this: will you take your kid (son or daughter) to a “chicken pox” party to get chicken pox infection or will you give chicken pox vaccine to your kid. I am sure you will not even think of going to chicken pox party and certainly opt for vaccine. This is the reason why vaccination is important. Natural immunity from natural disease is highly risky, because it may lead to complications or even death. No one will risk complications or death for themselves or for their kids for the sake of gaining better natural immunity.

Hence, it is important understand the facts regarding vaccination. The risk involved with vaccination is very minimal in compare to not getting vaccinated. Prevention is always better than cure.

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