Myths Surrounding Vaccines

Ever since the invention of vaccines all the way back in 1796 by Edward Jenner, there has always been suspicions and skepticism associated with vaccines. Vaccines are one of best inventions of the 70s. They are credited with saving millions of lives and exterminating many deadly diseases like small pox which was completely eradicated by the careful and methodical use of the small pox vaccine. In today’s world, one can only find small pox inside a laboratory. Polio is another dangerous disease that has been eradicated in almost 90% of the world thanks to the invention of a polio vaccine.

Health officers and others in the health industry have been battling a constant stream of misinformation and wrong ideas ever since the invention of vaccines and the misinformation is not showing any signs of slowing down. Health officials are also concerned because at some regions in the world, vaccine rates are slowing down and there has been an inversely proportional reaction with all vaccine preventable diseases on the rise. One of the biggest misconceptions associated with causing autism. This myth was sparked off by a British surgeon who published a study which proclaimed that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was directly causing autism.

The report was rejected due to it having serious errors and ethical violations and multiple studies were conducted after that but none of the studies found any connection between autism and any vaccine. Even though it has been discredited many people hold on to the belief even it is clearly wrong. Some argue that natural immunity gives a stronger immunity withflu shots than vaccines. While this is true in most cases, the dangers of this scenario are greater than the benefits. If a person contracted flu, there is a higher chance of something fatal happening than simply taking flu vaccinations.

Another thing that gives a misconception is that when children take a flu shot, it makes them ill for a couple of days and this scares off parents but it should be noted that the shots give protection for only 60% of flue related germs out there.

Some believe that vaccines contain harmful toxins that can harm our body. While it is true that the chemicals in a vaccine can harm body in proper levels, only tiny amounts of the chemicals can be found in the vaccines. Ironically it has been proved that chemicals like formaldehyde are produced in higher quantities by the human body than the amount contained in the vaccines. Another misconception n is the idea that a vaccine could infect someone’s child. There is only one incident of this happening in recorded history and ever since then vaccines have been safe for ages.