Vaccines: Why are people so against them?

Common misconceptions about vaccinations have caused people to not want to vaccinate their child, here are some of these misconceptions:

Vaccinations Cause Autism  

The common misconception about vaccinations, especially the MMR vaccination, can cause autism came about in the 90s when a group of British researchers, that included Andrew Wakefield, published a study in the Lancet Medical Journal.

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The study showed that individuals that had been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine were more likely to carry a bowel disease than those who hadn’t received the vaccine. In 1995, Andrew Wakefield insists he was approached by the parent of an autistic child, that also had bowel problems. Andrew Wakefield then decided to make the connection between the bowel problems and the autism having something to do with the MMR vaccine.

Despite this, Andrew Wakefield and his team of researchers didn’t find a solid connection between the two, the research has since been withdrawn from the Lancet Medical Journal due to insufficient evidence.  

Vaccines are unnecessary because these diseases are so rare 

Yes, a lot of the diseases that there are vaccines for are so rare, you hardly meet anyone with Measles today. However, that doesn’t mean that vaccinations aren’t useful.  It’s a great way to ensure that these diseases eventually won’t make their way back and become mainstream again.

A disease that may be completely eliminated in one country could easily make a reappearance if someone who hasn’t been vaccinated enters the country potentially carrying the disease unaware.  

Vaccines can cause the disease it’s trying to prevent 

 Although when given a vaccine it can cause symptoms similar to the disease it is designed to prevent. It is actually a very low percentage that vaccines can actually give you the disease. Literally one in a million.

The only incident on record when a vaccine actually caused the disease it was trying to prevent was with a vaccine that isnt available anywhere anymore.  

Vaccines just arent worth the risk 

There arent any immediate risks to getting a vaccine, children and adults alike have been receiving vaccinations for decades without any longterm health conditions as a result.

The only thing that could be risky would be the chance that the child or adult being vaccinated have an allergic reaction to the vaccine. But none of this as a result has led to death, only one recorded incident has ever led to death by allergic reaction.  

Getting multiple vaccinations at the same time is harmful 

Not only is this not true but a lot of vaccines have been designed to help prevent more than one disease, for example, the MMR vaccine is designed to help prevent measles, mumps and rubella all in one. 

It is often thought that if a child has multiple vaccinations at once, because they are so young it could overload their immune system. However, there is no specific evidence to support this statement, studies have shown that combined vaccines are no more likely to cause illnesses than when done on separate occasions.