With everyone saying different things about vaccines, it can be hard to tell what’s true and what isn’t. To help your decision on vaccinating your child, you should take a look at these facts and myths about vaccines. They will really aid in your determination of what’s best for your child.
1. FACT: “In the past 60 years, vaccines helped eradicate one disease (smallpox) and are close to eradicating another (polio).”
2. FACT: “Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths each year.”
3. MYTH: “Getting so many vaccines will overwhelm a child’s immune system.”
4. MYTH: “Vaccines cause autism and other disorders.”
5. FACT: “New and underutilized vaccines could avert nearly 4 million deaths by 2015.”
6. MYTH: “My baby might get the disease it’s supposed to prevent.”
7. FACT: “Vaccines helped reduce measles deaths globally by 78% between 2000 and 2008. In sub-Saharan Africa, deaths dropped by 92% in the same period.”
8. FACT: “The CDC has reported a 99% reduction in the incidence of bacterial meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae since the introduction of the vaccination against the disease in 1988.”
9. MYTH: “You shouldn’t give a vaccine to a child who has a cold.”
10. MYTH: “Vaccines can provide 100 percent disease protection.”
11. FACT: “Not all vaccines are given as shots. Some vaccines are given orally.”
12. FACT: “Most diseases prevented by vaccines are no longer common in the United States. If vaccines weren’t used, just a few cases could quickly turn into tens or hundreds of thousands.”
Now that you have some facts, good luck with your decision! We hope your child remains happy and healthy.