Going to the doctor for a shot is not a favorite activity for any child. However, vaccines and immunizations are essential for protecting your child’s health. Unfortunately, there are many myths about immunizations. Here, we would like to debunk some of the more common myths and share how vaccines benefit your child and community.
Myth: Kids don’t need to be vaccinated against diseases that are rare or non-existent in the United States.
Fact: While certain diseases may not be very common in the US, travelers have the potential to reintroduce strains which may infect an unvaccinated child.
Myth: Children’s vaccines contain mercury.
Fact: The FDA has regulated childhood vaccines so that they no longer contain dangerous mercury. However, the flu shot may still contain mercury, so ask about an alternate version for children such as the nasal spray.
Myth: Current vaccines are linked to the rise in childhood autism.
Fact: There are no scientific studies to back this up. Studies noted by the CDC show no link between vaccines and autism.
Myth: Too many vaccines can overwhelm a child’s immune system and lead to serious illness.
Fact: Studies show that children’s systems can handle far more vaccines than they actually get. There is no danger of vaccines overwhelming the immune system.
Myth: Kids should get chicken pox naturally instead of being vaccinated.
Fact: Getting chicken pox can lead to other infections that could lead to hospitalization or fatality. The vaccine offers safe and effective protection.
Myth: You can get the flu from the flu shot.
Fact: The flu shot does not contain a live virus, so it cannot infect you. However, side effects of the shot include achiness and soreness. The flu shot is also not fully effective until 2 weeks after injection, so in that time your child can contract the flu from another source.
Benefits of Vaccines: Vaccines protect children from many potentially deadly illnesses. They cannot give the disease to the child. There have been cases of children with adverse reactions to vaccines. Discuss your concerns with your doctor and she will give you detailed information about each vaccine. Most parents and doctors feel that the benefits of vaccines far out-weigh the risks.
Visit us online to learn more about the vaccines available at Medical Center Arlington. You can also read more about how vaccines work and what makes them so important. Contact Medical Center Arlington to find out more about protecting your child’s health with vaccinations. For a physician referral, call 1-855-868-6262.