What are the Fears… err Myths that Surround Vaccines?

Babies’ vaccination schedules, nowadays, are not at all paid heed to.  The entire concept of getting your little one vaccinated can seem to be shivery. Such fears are nothing but myths that are purely the work of scaremongers. And such myths that surround vaccines in India need to be debunked without much ado. Let us view some of the topmost vaccine-related myths that are housed in the minds of many parents or should we say fusspots. Read further to explore…

The number 1 myth – Vaccinations have has some serious side effects

Let us not beat around the bush… a couple of side effects can be encountered by vaccinated tots. The side effects from vaccinations, by and large, comprise:-

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Allergic reaction
  • Diarrhea

In addition, vaccinations are important for a kid as they protect the little one from deadly maladies such as diphtheria, polio, hepatitis, etc.  Vaccines are properly tested and undergo different stages before getting launched. Each and every dose is thoroughly studied for even the mildest and slightest of side effects. According to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every side effect occurring from vaccines is mild and fades in a few days. Any serious reaction due to immunization is rarely found.

The number 2 myth – Vaccination leads to autism

The cases in autism surfaced only when the rate of immunization heightened. Now, most people try to find some hidden links that are nonexistent. A study that was undertaken to link autism with immunization schedules has been disproved by many established authorities.  As per many experts, the number of mental retardation cases took a dip while tots were getting immunized. Now, do we find any link?

Many parents of tots claim that their children started showing signs of autism after getting Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Autism is a type of abnormality shown while doing social interactions. Now, how do parents expect their one-year-old to be socially interactive?

The number 3 myth – Giving children too many shots all at once is not correct

Parents always tend to ask pediatrics one question: “Will my two-month-old be able to handle heavy doses of vaccines?” Many parents become worried that their child’s immune system will not be able to handle heavy doses of vaccines.  The truth, however, is different. Every latest vaccine for tots is prepared using material that will create only a minimum immune response. A very mild stimulating effect is created by vaccines that are meant for kids.

The number 4 myth – It is bad for children to have mercury in their veins… until they are super humans

Parents, in general, fear the mercury (thimerosal) that is used in vaccines. However, many studies are carried out to prove that the mercury used in vaccine developments is completely safe. A very minimal (permissible) amount of thimerosal is used in vaccines, nowadays.

To date, there is no study carried out by research labs in India or any other part of the world that can prove serious side effects of vaccinations.

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