Some Common Misconceptions about Vaccination and How to Respond to Them

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Some Common Misconceptions about Vaccination and How to Respond to Them

Description

This pamphlet addresses six common misconceptions that appear in literature about vaccination, along with explanations of why they are misconceptions.

The following six misconceptions are presented and discussed:

  • Diseases had already begun to disappear before vaccines were introduced, because of better hygiene and sanitation.
  • The majority of people who get a disease have been vaccinated.
  • There are “hot lots” of vaccine that have been associated with more adverse events and deaths than others.
  • Vaccines cause many harmful side effects, illnesses, and even death.
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases have been virtually eliminated from the United States.
  • Giving a child multiple vaccinations for different diseases at the same time increases the risk of harmful side effects and can overload the immune system.

Developer:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

History

Release Date: 2004
Review Date: 2007
Recent Summary: April 2008
Original Summary: May 2006
Last Updated: 01/20/10

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