Showing posts with label myths about vaccinating your child. Show all posts
Showing posts with label myths about vaccinating your child. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

5 Common Vaccine Myths Squashed!

Vaccinating children has been a controversial topic for years, and it’s no wonder. Up to 23 shots can be given by the time a child is two years old, with as many as 6 shots administered during just one visit. However, there is a great deal of misinformation out there right now regarding their safety and effectiveness; to clear the air regarding vaccines, check out five of the most common myths surrounding them below.

Myth #1: Autism is caused by vaccines

Autism is still a mystery, but many believe the link to vaccines is unwarranted.

  • A study that appeared in The Lancet started the notion that vaccines cause autism. That study has since been discredited; follow-up studies don’t show any direct connection between autism and vaccines.
  • Symptoms of autism are often present much earlier than a child’s first vaccines.
  • Autism may develop before a baby is born, long before vaccines come into the picture.
Myth #2: Vaccines overload a baby’s immune system

In fact, compared to the bacteria in the food they eat, or the dust particles in the air they breathe, vaccines are a relatively insignificant challenge for a baby’s immune system.

  •  Even if all vaccines were given at one time (although they’re not!), a child’s immune system could handle it.
  • Since cells in the body are constantly replaced and replenished, the immune system can never really be overwhelmed.
  • Modern vaccines are more efficient than ever before.
  • Today’s vaccines expose children to fewer immunologic components, that is, proteins and sugars, than ever before. Check out this site for more info. 
Myth #3: Natural immunity beats vaccines

Natural immunity means you actually catch a disease and get sick from it. In some cases, relying on natural immunity can be dangerous, even deadly. For instance, in the case of measles, you would face a 1 in 500 chance of death if you relied on natural immunity. However, only 1 in 1 million individuals have suffered from severe allergic reaction to the actual vaccine.

Myth #4: If other kids are being vaccinated, yours don’t need vaccines

This is not true, due to a concept known as “herd immunity.” Not only do vaccines work by preventing your child from contracting a disease; they also help to prevent the spread of disease. This concept, known as herd immunity, recognizes that vaccines work, but that the number of children who receive them is crucial to their overall effectiveness.

Myth #5: Major diseases have already disappeared so vaccines aren’t necessary

Many of the diseases you no longer hear about have disappeared, in part due to vaccines. If everyone stopped vaccinating their children, there is a chance many of these diseases could reappear. Consider:

  • Unvaccinated children can still get diseases.
  • Children can bring diseases and illnesses home to other individuals in a household. Those especially at risk include babies and infants, individuals with a compromised immune system, and the elderly.
  • People travelling from other countries can bring diseases and illnesses with them, even if those conditions haven’t been seen here in the U.S. for years.
As with any decision that affects your child’s health, speak with your doctor or healthcare provider regarding the pros and cons of vaccinating. Check out PublicHealth.org for additional information, myths, and most recent findings.

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