For most of the 20th century, vaccines were considered a modern marvel and savior. However, the past couple of decades have seen a rise in vaccine hesitancy amongst individuals and families. Social media has largely contributed to the increase in suspicion and misinformation about vaccines. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that vaccine hesitancy was one of the top hazards to global health in 2019.
Vaccines are one of the best ways to protect you and your family from serious diseases. Here are some of the myths widely circulating today and the truth to dispel fears you may have about being vaccinated.
TRUTH: Vaccines Prevent Severe and Life-Threatening Diseases.
In many ways, vaccines are a victim of their own success. Because they work so well, not many people today are aware of the devastating effects of the diseases they prevent. Without proper vaccination rates, many of these diseases are posed to make a comeback.
For example, measles, once considered an eliminated disease in the United States, is making a significant comeback because of lowered vaccine rates. It can be fatal, with nearly 1 in 1000 cases ending in death.
Many of the diseases that the vaccines prevent, such as polio, have lifelong consequences even after recovery.
TRUTH: The CDC-Approved Vaccine Schedule Is Effective For Protecting Against Disease
Understandably, parents grow concerned when they see the number of vaccines on the CDC schedule for their children and teens. The timeline has been vigorously tested and has shown to be safe for healthy individuals.
It is essential that children receive their vaccines on time to avoid getting and spreading these deadly diseases.
MYTH: Vaccines Are Not Safe
Vaccines undergo rigorous safety testing and evaluation to ensure that it is safe before the CDC licenses it. Once its safety has been established, vaccines continue to be monitored by prestigious health organizations, such as WHO and the American VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Events ReportingSystem), to continue ensuring their safety.
MYTH: The Side Effects of Vaccines Are More Dangerous Than the Diseases They Prevent
Vaccines can cause side effects. However, in most cases, these effects are incredibly minimal, such as a fever or arm soreness at the injection site. More serious side effects of routine vaccines are extremely rare and are always thoroughly investigated. Those who are immunocompromised or at-risk for developing severe side effects are encouraged not to vaccinate, but these cases are uncommon.
There’s a reason that health professionals have relied on vaccines for over100 years: they’re a safe and effective way to prevent diseases. Speak to your health provider today to make sure you are up to date on your shots!
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