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Myths and facts about vaccination

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Some make sure that they have completed all dues of vaccines or their babies have been vaccinated, others are apprehensive about taking vaccine. Well, there’s no reason to flinch away from taking a vaccine when your doctor has recommended, and you must take it. People ignore vaccines and take them lightly because they are surrounded by certain false beliefs. We encourage you to get vaccinated and bust out the myths so that your concept about vaccine is correct.

Vaccines are not necessary if you take care of hygiene and sanitation  

Fact: Your risk of getting that particular disease is reduced to some extent with proper hygiene and sanitation; but you can still get infected if you are not vaccinated. Vaccines are introduced with the purpose of eliminating the disease and protecting people against that specific infection. If you are not vaccinated, the diseases are quite likely to reappear.


Myth: If the disease has been eliminated in our country, we don’t need the vaccine

Fact: The aforementioned statement is partially true and has several implications. First you need to consult a doctor regarding whether you need the vaccine or not. For example, tuberculosis vaccine is not usually used in the United States but is needed countries where immunity is compromised. However, if that individual is travelling to countries where the disease is prevalent or bears risks of having the disease, would require the vaccine. 

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Myth: Vaccines are 100 % effective

Fact: Although vaccines are not 100 % effective, their necessity cannot be compromised. Even if you get a disease like flu or chicken pox, the severity will be much less. In this perspective, doctors believe that the underlying principle of a vaccine program relies upon is herd immunity. It implies that larger the number of people vaccinated in the population, the better the chances of protecting everyone against the disease.


Myth: If my family is vaccinated, I don’t need the vaccine

Fact: This is totally a myth despite the fact that possibility of disease spread is lessened. You still need the vaccine to protect yourself.


Myth: You can take vaccine anytime

Fact: The statement is partially a myth. As soon as babies are born, your doctor will schedule the vaccine doses. So, there’s no reason why someone should miss the dose and put their baby’s health at risk. Therefore, get the vaccine on time. Secondly, vaccines like hepatitis vaccine can be taken any time, certainly after consulting the doctor.


Myth: One vaccine is enough to make you immune

Fact: The statement is totally incorrect. You must complete the dosing. Booster doses are needed within specific interval of time which you have to follow to gain the maximum advantage of the vaccine.


Myth: Vaccines do not have side effects

Fact: Vaccines have side effects, which is an indication that your immune system is responding. Swelling in the vaccinated site, pain, body ache and fever are very genuine side effects of vaccine. Less common or rare side effects include seizures and allergic reaction. However, the risk can be considered if the health condition of the baby or the adult is not diagnosed before giving the shot.


Myth: Pregnant and breastfeeding women cannot be vaccinated

Fact: One needs to refer to the guidelines laid by CDC regarding the vaccines that are allowed and not allowed for pregnant women. Some vaccines like hepatitis B, flu and whooping cup are safe during pregnancy, while others rubella, measles, mumps, etc. are given before pregnancy. Your doctor would let you further details.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: July 15, 2014

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