Vaccine misinformation is dangerous. If people are reluctant to take a COVID-19 vaccine, the virus may continue to spread across the world unchecked. Therefore, stopping misinformation is key.
See below for accurate information about vaccines and responses to common misconceptions.
In the 90s, a study was published with false research claiming that vaccines cause autism. The US government and numerous researchers have since concluded there is no correlation between autism and vaccination. However, there has been a dangerous decrease in vaccination rates causing a resurgence of disease.
An important component of a vaccine is a weakened form of the virus which creates an immune response in the body. Any possible side effects from a vaccine are much less harmful than contracting a deadly disease such as measles or COVID-19. Most ingredients in vaccines are commonly found in foods we eat.
Numerous studies show that receiving multiple vaccines at the same time have no adverse effects on a child's immune system. Children are exposed to potentially harmful antigens every day, so the body is well-equipped to handle the antigens contained in vaccines.
Vaccines are rarely 100% effective for each person. This means that in the event of an outbreak, some vaccinated people may get sick. However, for diseases with vaccines, the vast majority of sick people are unvaccinated. Getting vaccinated for preventable diseases is the most effective means of protection.
Side effects are rare. If they occur, they are usually mild and dissipate in a day or two. If there are severe side effects, you can report them through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and receive compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Vaccine costs are dependent on one's insurance. However, for the benefit of public health, they are often covered, even through governmental programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. You can get them at local clinics, medical offices, health departments, hospitals, and perhaps pharmacies, community centers, and malls.
America does not vaccinate more than average among developed countries. However, subpopulations within countries will vary in their vaccination rates.
Vaccines are the reason why such diseases don’t have the same visibility. The ability to keep these diseaes rare depends on vaccine use. Think of the current US outbreaks of measles, a once eradicated disease, in response to people not vaccinating!