Vaccines were hailed as lifesaving wonders of modern technology, but recently there are some myths around them which make them a source of suspicion. If you make a search on the internet for info about vaccines, the Internet will give you plenty but not everything you read is true. Because of this here we share some myths about vaccines.
Myth 1: Vaccines Contain Mercury.
Thimerosal, a preservative containing about 50% mercury, prevents contamination by bacteria. It can be found in most flu shots, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, since 2001, thimerosal has not been present in routine vaccines for children younger than 6. And, both the flu shot and some vaccines for adults and older children can be found in thimerosal-free versions, or with only trace amounts.
Myth 2: I can’t get the flu vaccine because I’m allergic to eggs.
Today’s vaccine has less egg protein than in the past, so most people with egg allergies can safely get any flu vaccine that’s appropriate for their health and age.
If you or your child gets hives after eating eggs, it’s still safe to get a flu shot. But if you ever had a severe reaction to eggs, or if you needed emergency treatment, you should get the flu shot from a doctor. A severe reaction includes things like trouble breathing, swelling, light-headedness, or throwing up.
Myth 3: Combined Vaccines are Dangerous.
Giving several vaccines at the same time has no negative effect on a child’s immune system. It reduces discomfort for the child and saves time and money. Children are exposed to more antigens from a common cold than they are from vaccines.
Myth 4: Vaccines cause Autism.
There is no scientific evidence to link the MMR vaccine with autism or autistic disorders. This unfortunate rumor started with a single 1998 study which was quickly found to be seriously flawed and was retracted by the journal that published it.
Myth 5: Vaccines Are For Kids Only.
There are numerous vaccines that can help keep adolescents and adults, both young and old, healthy. Most obvious is the flu shot, which is given annually.
College students should get a meningitis vaccine before living in a dorm, and elderly adults can benefit from pneumonia vaccines.