Myths of Immunizations

There are some people who swear by immunizations and some who are skeptics. But immunizations are not scary. As college students, we should be prepared and knowledgeable about our health. This article will help you understand some of the common myths associated with immunizations so you can learn the facts. These myths and facts are taken from the World Health Organization. This organization knows its stuff when it comes to health and what you need to know! 

Myth #1: Vaccines can cause illnesses, harmful side-effects, or even autism

This myth is a common one. However, data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has shown that this is not true. Vaccines are not the source of illnesses or harmful side-effects. Although there is some risk to receiving vaccines, the benefits of vaccines far outweigh these risks. People are much more likely to be harmed by diseases than they are vaccines. Without vaccination, some diseases can become very harmful. Vaccines reduce the risk of catching diseases and thereby lower the risk of serious illness. Vaccines are also helpful in preventing serious injuries from illnesses. The benefits of prevention far outweigh the slight risk of getting a vaccine. 

Myth #2: Because I am in a country where epidemics are not common, I do not need to get a vaccine

This is a myth that needs to be debunked. Vaccines are one of the main reasons that a country has a low number of vaccine-preventable diseases. It is true that certain countries are less likely to have an epidemic, but a disease can strike at any time. Travelers could bring certain diseases into a country, but thankfully, vaccines are what prevents an epidemic from beginning. Vaccines are preventative! When you receive a vaccine, you are not only protecting yourself, you are protecting others around you who may not be able to receive vaccines due to allergic reactions or unresponsive immune systems. Be smart and preventative with your vaccines. 

Myth #3: People who are vaccinated still get the disease

According to the World Health Organization, less than 1% of people will get a disease for which they have been vaccinated. In comparison, those who are not vaccinated have a much higher chance of contracting the disease. Vaccines are meant to protect your immune system from outbreaks. When you are protected, others are protected as well. 

Remember, vaccines are your friend, not your foe. They help keep you safe and healthy, and the small amount of risk in receiving a vaccine is far outweighed by the many benefits. Keep in mind that you are protecting yourself and those around you from serious diseases. Be smart and preventative about your health. Ask your doctor about which vaccines you might need to get. If you have any questions, check out the Campus Health Center and ask the health care providers there what you can do to be up-to-date on your vaccines. 


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