10 myths and truths about vaccination

Everyone knows the importance of vaccination in preventing diseases, many of which have severe results and put the patient’s life at risk. However, there are many questions regarding the efficacy and safety of vaccines. Are they really able to prevent disease? What are the risks associated with vaccination? Can children develop complications if they are vaccinated too early? Read our list of vaccination facts.

1. Vaccines have serious side effects and long-term adverse reactions. MYTH.  Vaccines nowadays are very safe and pose no risk to the patient. A few side effects are associated, such as pain at the injection site or passing fever.

2. Hygiene and personal care are enough to prevent illness. MYTH.  While better hygiene and sanitation are important, many diseases can be spread regardless of the level of hygiene and cleanliness. In these cases, vaccines are extremely important to interrupt this transmission cycle.

3. Flu shots are unnecessary as the illness is not serious. MYTH. Influenza  can be a very severe disease that puts the patient’s life at risk  . Pregnant women, children, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses such as  asthma should be vaccinated against the flu, as they are at risk for acquiring the disease.

4.  Vaccines immunize the body better than the disease itself. TRUTH.  Vaccines interact with the immune system, protecting the body against a certain disease without, however, causing its symptoms. Some diseases, such as  hepatitis B  and  rubella , can have serious consequences, such as  liver cancer  and birth defects.

5. Vaccines contain mercury. TRUTH.  Vaccines contain thimerosal, which is a mercury-based preservative. However, studies indicate that this form of mercury is not harmful to humans. Furthermore, since 2001, thimerosal has not been present in vaccines for children under 6 years of age.

6. Vaccines cause autism. MYTH.  A 1998 study warned that there could be a link between the MMR vaccine ( measles ,  rubella  and  mumps ) and autism. However, later studies pointed out flaws in the 1998 study and it was withdrawn from the journal in which it was published. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published that it is riskier if your child is not vaccinated.

7. Booster doses are unnecessary. MYTH.  Booster shots are essential in immunizing some diseases, such as  tetanus ,  polio ,  whooping cough  and diphtheria. Consult your city’s calendar and see which are recommended according to age by visiting our  Vaccinations page .

8. Pregnant women can receive tetanus shots. TRUTH.  Pregnant women can and should receive  tetanus vaccine , to protect themselves and their babies. CAUTION: Pregnant women cannot receive some vaccines, such as the chickenpox  vaccine  .

9. Co-administration of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and polio vaccines may cause sudden infant death syndrome. MYTH.  There is no correlation between the administration of these two vaccines together and sudden death in children. In fact, these vaccines are given when the child is prone to suffering from this syndrome. In other words, the child can have high death regardless of the vaccine.

10. Once the disease is eradicated in a country, vaccination can be suspended. MYTH.  Vaccination is important to keep the disease away from the population, and even if a disease is completely eradicated, the practice remains important.

To learn more about vaccination, types available and who can use it, visit our page:  Vaccination .

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Jeanne Kenney
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