Some common myths and the facts.
- Vaccines will not make you sick
- Some people may experience no or mild side effects
- Side- effects are a signal that your body is building protection against disease
- Serious side-effects rarely occur
- The immune system, even in children is resilient and is not jeopardized by having many childhood vaccines over a short period of time.
- There is no evidence that spacing childhood vaccines is safer for children, rather spacing vaccines can put the community at risk of outbreaks of easily preventable diseases
- Most of the diseases for which vaccines were created to prevent, can be life-threatening and cause serious health issues
- Conditions such as blindness, deafness, and intellectual disabilities can be avoided through vaccination
- Vaccines provide protection that you and your child need
- Diseases still exist in Canada and in other countries
- Diseases which were at one time common in Canada, such as measles and polio, are now extremely rare because many people, communities and generations have been vaccinated
- Anything can be can toxic if given the wrong amount
- Some vaccines contain substances such as formaldehyde and aluminum but in extremely small amounts that are not toxic to the human body
- Some vaccines can cause allergic reactions because of certain ingredients to which some people already have allergies, such as gelatin or eggs. This is more common in flu vaccines
This is not true. The more people who are vaccinated in a community means there is less chance for disease to spread. Most vaccine preventable diseases are spread from person to person. Vaccination is similar to wearing a mask – it not only protects you and your children but also your community.
Unfortunately, in 1998, a flawed Wakefield study on the Mumps Measles and Rubella vaccine has been used as evidence to discredit vaccination. The study was adopted by several anti-vaccination groups and has become popular on social media. One of few researchers falsified the data. This study was not only faulty but also fraudulent and was retracted.
Vaccines do not contain microchips. The idea that people are microchipped so the government can track people through 5G cell phone towers is dangerous misinformation. This information is false and impossible. Vaccines are used to help fight the spread of diseases and illnesses.