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Myths, Facts and Vaccine Safety

Some common myths and the facts. 

Myth #1 - Vaccines will make you ill


  • 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
Myth #2 - Vaccines can stress your immune system


  • 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
Myth #3 - Natural immunity is more effective than developing immunity from vaccines


  • 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
Myth #4 - We don’t need vaccines in Canada


  • 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
Myth #5 - Vaccines contain harmful ingredients


  • 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
Myth #6 - If everyone else around me has been vaccinated and is immune, I don’t need to be vaccinated.


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.

Myth #7 - Vaccines can cause autism


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.

Myth #8 - Vaccines contain microchips in order to track people


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.

Funded provided by Public Health Agency of Canada

Vaccine Safety

Vaccine safety is very important to health authorities in Canada.

Vaccines  such  as  those  for  the  yearly  flu, pneumonia, shingles, tetanus, mumps, rubella and so on have been used safely in Canada for many years. 

Vaccines are tested on volunteers to help discover how effective it is and for possible side effects.
  • Vaccine Safety is  very important to health authorities in Canada
  • When a new vaccine is produced it must undergo several steps before it is allowed to be given to people
  • The vaccine is tested on people who volunteer to help discover how effective the vaccine works and if the vaccine has any possible effects
Vaccines such as those for the yearly flu, have been used for many years in Canada.

Vaccines  such  as  those for the yearly flu, pneumonia, shingles, tetanus, mumps, rubella and so on have been used safely in Canada for many years. 


All companies that make vaccines must report any serious reactions to Health Canada.
  • All companies that make vaccines must report any serious reactions to Health Canada.Any serious reactions are reported to a local public health officer.
  • Vaccines continue to be monitored as they are used




                                          Funding for the development of these materials has been provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada