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PREVENT

Childhood vaccination myths debunked

  • Children need regular vaccinations from 2 months through their teen years.
  • Many common childhood diseases such as smallpox, measles, mumps and polio can be prevented through immunization.
  • Children need regular vaccinations from 2 months through their teen years.

As a parent, your child’s health is one of your biggest concerns. Keeping your child healthy and thriving, includes knowing when he or she needs regular vaccinations. Children need regular vaccinations from 2 months through their teen years. And adults continue to need booster shots or new vaccines as we age. Many common childhood diseases such as smallpox, measles, mumps and polio can be prevented through immunization.

Childhood vaccination myths

There are a lot of myths and misinformation about vaccines being shared on social media. But the fact is that when your child receives a vaccine it helps build antibodies that destroy germs and protect against disease.

Myth: Choosing not to vaccinate only affects my child

The decision not to vaccinate can place other children at risk, including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and who have yet to build up a natural immunity.  And, if too many people choose not to be vaccinated, a community may lose what’s known as “herd” immunity. This enables diseases that once were rare to spread quickly because there are so many susceptible people.

Myth: Vaccines are unsafe

Some people worry that vaccines contain ingredients that are toxic. For example, trace amounts of formaldehyde are used in some vaccines to ensure they remain sterile and safe. But the amount used is at a dose that is much lower than you would be exposed to naturally. In addition, changes in how vaccines are made have greatly reduced or eliminated ingredients that raised concerns in the past.

Myth: Vaccines cause autism

This myth began with a medical journal article that was published in 1997. Then it was found to contain numerous errors. Scientists have since conducted major studies around this issue, and none of them have found a link between any vaccine and autism.

Vaccination schedule for children and adults

From infants at two months of age to seniors over age 60, it can be confusing to remember what immunization to get and when. Your provider can help you or you can check this Allina Health Immunization Schedule.

The bottom line: Follow your doctor’s advice on which vaccinations to get and at what age. And, don’t let coronavirus keep you away from your clinic. Take comfort in knowing that we’ve enhanced safety precautions to safely care for you and your little one, whenever you need us. Call your clinic to find out the best way to ensure your child’s vaccinations stay on track during this time of physical distancing.

 

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