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8 statements that make people doubt vaccination

1. You only need to be vaccinated if you travel to far-off places

Except that there are these things called airplanes. And boats. And trains. While it’s true that in many wealthier countries, vaccine-preventable diseases are rarer, travelers can unwittingly spread diseases they bring back from abroad to their community, which could spread quickly through unprotected populations.
And, not everyone can be vaccinated. Pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions rely on the rest of us being vaccinated and minimizing the chance they will be exposed to deadly diseases. 

2. It’s a personal decision.

Just like it’s a personal decision to cover your mouth when you cough on a crowded bus, or call the firefighters when your neighbour’s house is on fire, right?
The bottom line is, we are all interconnected in this global community of germ-sharers. When children aren’t immunized, their communities are at greater risk of potentially deadly diseases.

3. Vaccines are toxic.

No, they are not. They are actually very safe, and they’ve saved countless millions of lives. If vaccines contained harmful doses of chemicals, public health organizations would not support them, doctors wouldn’t give them out, and drug companies wouldn’t sell them.

4. Vaccines are unnatural.

Vaccines don’t grow from trees, but does it mean they are bad? No!
You know what else is natural? Smallpox, polio and the bubonic plague.

5. I’m the best one to know what my child needs.

Yes, you are. And that's also why you should know that vaccines can and do save children's lives.

6. Organizations who support vaccines are in the pocket of pharmaceutical companies.

Don’t you think companies would make more money treating sick people than preventing people from getting sick?

7. Vaccines cause infertility or sterilization

This one is a dangerous and persistent myth, which has led to disease outbreaks and countless deaths that could easily have been prevented. The potential impact of vaccines on fertility has been thoroughly investigated through numerous studies, none of which have shown that vaccines cause sterilization or infertility.

8. But vaccinated people still can get infected, so vaccines are pointless.

Let’s unpack this.
No vaccine is 100% effective, but that is due to the fact that some people (around 5-10%) simply do not develop immunity, even though they’ve been vaccinated. However, by vaccinating as much of the population as possible, the number of people affected is vastly reduced.


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