3 Common Misconceptions about Vaccines: Do You Believe in them too?
The importance of vaccines has become one of the most controversial issues of recent years for no reason whatsoever. Whether our children should get vaccinated should not even be debatable. This introduction may seem aggressive or even hostile, but it is necessary in order to highlight how crucial is for every one of us to understand the importance of vaccination.
Since there are way too many false myths and conspiracy theories surrounding vaccines, in this article we are going to pick the 3 most common ones and offer some scientific data to point out their falseness.
1. Vaccines are not necessary today
There are a great number of very dangerous and possibly fatal diseases out there that vaccines protect us from. Some of them are measles and whooping cough. The only disease that medicine has managed to eradicate completely is small pox and, ironically, it was achieved by vaccination. So, vaccines are indeed very necessary in the contemporary world.
2. Children are getting vaccinated too many times in a short period of time
Once again, scientific research is here to demolish yet another myth. According to this misconception, the amount of chemicals that enter a child’s body is too high for such a time frame and this may cause health issues. However, a study from a team of immunologists based in the University of San Diego in California showed that children can safely receive the equivalent of about 100.000 (!) vaccines in a single shot without exposing them to any health hazard. Modern medicine suggests vaccination just against 14 diseases in a 24 month period, so it's more than obvious that it is absolutely safe.
3. Vaccines are useless; they don't offer us any protection anyway
The absurdity of this statement can be proven simply by using statistics in cases of high amounts of people refusing to vaccinate their kids. Measles killed about 450 children every year in the USA alone until the vaccine was invented in 1963. Since then, the mortality rate started getting lower and lower every year. In 2004, the number was 37. Then, the anti-vaccine movement emerged and in 2014, 130 children died of measles.
Some people may argue that vaccinating our children is a matter of personal choice, and everyone should be allowed to make that choice on his/her own. This is entirely false since, in this case, it could trigger an epidemic. Choosing not to vaccinate your son/daughter automatically turns your kid into a health hazard for other children or even adults who cannot vaccinate for various medical reasons and are extremely vulnerable to some diseases. In other words, your “choice” can become the reason for which someone contracts a very serious medical condition that can even lead to death. So let’s all be responsible, educated and reasonable people when it comes to vaccination which is one of our ally and not enemy.