Myth #1: “Vaccines have been linked to autism.”
Most of the controversy linking vaccines with autism are the result of a flawed 1997 research study by Andrew Wakefield, which was later proven to have widespread errors and possible ethics violations. Wakefield lost his accreditation due to the study, and the medical journal which published the paper has since retracted it.
Myth #2: “Vaccines have adverse side effects.”
Vaccines have not been linked to increased incidences of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), seizures or any other chronic health issue. However, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continually test vaccines to maintain their integrity.
Myth #3: “Vaccines are no longer necessary.”
Many skeptics believe that years of dropping disease rates and improvements in hygiene and sanitation have eliminated the need for vaccines. However, the nationwide drop in vaccine-preventable diseases is thanks to “herd immunity,” a phenomenon where most of the population is vaccinated, providing protection for the weaker members who may not be eligible for the shots.
Myth #4: “Vaccines can cause you to get the disease.”
Several vaccines, like those for measles and chicken pox, are derived from a living, diluted strain of the germ itself. This led to concerns that patients may catch the disease from their shot. However, this is not the case. One percent of patients do show faint symptoms of the condition, but this is actually a sign that their body is forming an immunity to the disease.