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 werent used, just a few cases could quickly turn into tens or hundreds of thousands.”
(via DoSomething, Parenting)
Now that you have some facts, good luck with your decision! We hope your child remains happy and healthy.