Busting Myths around Vaccination – Awareness Post #YourCareQuotient

Myths around Vaccination – Know the Facts!

We are in the middle of a global pandemic due to the novel coronavirus. And the terrified people around the world are asking just one question. When is the vaccine for COVID-19 coming out? Yes, everyone is waiting for that miracle vaccine to protect them from getting the disease. But what about the other deadly diseases like Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus for which vaccines are already available? The DTP combination vaccine is part of the mandatory childhood immunization program by Govt. of India. But due to certain myths around vaccination & lack of awareness, parents choose not to vaccinate their babies.

In the 20th century, Smallpox killed 300 million people. Today, thanks to Vaccination, smallpox is eradicated¹.

India became Smallpox free in 1977².

I have been sharing my views about vaccines on my blog since long. But, every time I get a mixed response from my readers. There is always someone who doesn’t believe in the effectiveness of vaccines. I try to share the facts and figures from verified sources to make them understand the importance of vaccination. Because I feel it’s necessary to educate parents. Or, at least, motivate them to talk with their doctor about their doubts.

Just like smallpox, we have been successful in eradicating Polio from our country through the Pulse Polio Immunization Programme.

India became Polio free in 2014².

What if people refused to get vaccinated for smallpox & polio? Would it have been possible to eradicate these diseases? NO!

When parents refuse vaccines for their babies, they not only put the life of their baby at risk but also other children in the community.

It is extremely important to educate people & bust myths around vaccination by talking about the benefits of vaccines.

Let’s Bust some Major Myths and know the Facts About Vaccines

Myth – Vaccines are not safe. The child can get the disease from the vaccine. Or, the preservatives in the vaccine can cause autism.

Fact – Vaccines are made using the dead virus/bacteria or using the inactivated toxin. Hence, there is no way they can cause the same disease.

For instance, the DTaP vaccine which is given to babies at 6, 10 & 14 weeks is one of the safest vaccines. It consists of inactivated toxin from organisms causing Diphtheria & Tetanus. And uses only a part of the Pertussis bacteria (acellular) which makes the vaccine highly safe.

Also, people fearing the use of preservatives in vaccines can now opt for preservative-free vaccines which are safe and effective.

Additionally, vaccines go through a rigorous procedure of evaluation and assessment by WHO before being distributed for public use. Therefore, you may check for WHO prequalified vaccines to be sure of their safety.

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Myth – Another myth around vaccination is that there is no use of vaccines if the disease is almost eradicated.

Fact – This is not true. The disease may be eradicated from some countries but if it is still prevalent in other parts of the world, there’s a chance of reappearance.

Let’s take the example of Polio. It’s a highly infectious disease of the nervous system which can cause paralysis and even death³. India is now Polio free but the disease is still common in 3 other countries. Hence, there’s a risk that it can spread through people travelling to/from these countries. 

Thus, the WHO has recommended continuing the polio vaccine until the disease is globally eradicated.

Now, parents can also opt for combination vaccines, such as hexavalent DTaP-IPV-HB-Hib vaccine. It protects against 6 major childhood diseases, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hepatitis B & Haemophilus Influenzae B.


This World Immunization Week (24 April to 30 April), I urge you to talk about your doubts regarding vaccination with your doctor. Let’s educate ourselves about the importance of vaccines for everyone.


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References –

  1.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanofi-pasteur/sets/72157693965073171/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4078488/
  3. https://www.who.int/immunization/diseases/poliomyelitis/inactivated_polio_vaccine/Key_mess_FAQs.pdf

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger/ third party This is a part of the public awareness initiative supported by Sanofi Pasteur India. Sanofi Pasteur bears no responsibility for the content of the blog. One should consult their healthcare provider for any health-related information.

 

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    Rajshree May 8, 2020 at 12:35 am - Reply

    I wasn’t aware of all these facts, thanks for busting these myths on vaccinations. I will surely be sharing this article with my friends who are new moms.

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      Neha Sharma May 9, 2020 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks a lot, dear 🙂

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        Anita May 9, 2020 at 10:50 pm - Reply

        Vaccination on time and on schedule is very important for prevention of diseases and protection against complications. Thank you for sharing such a helpful post.

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          Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:29 pm - Reply

          Glad you found it helpful.

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    Alpana May 8, 2020 at 2:20 am - Reply

    When it comes to vaccinations, I am never in doubts. It is essential for our child’s health. Lately, I have also heard a few of my friends were in double mind whether to take their children to doctor for shots. My answer is it’s not just about our own child but also about 10 other children who are coming in contact with our child.

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      Neha Sharma May 9, 2020 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Yes, Alpana you are absolutely right, making sure that every child gets the vaccination is important for bettering the immunity of a community. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Anahita Irani May 8, 2020 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Yes a friend of mine from Hyderabad did not vaccinate her son due to lack of awareness and the constant nagging of her mother in law. Later on, the child had complications and health issues.

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      Neha Sharma May 9, 2020 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      I am so sorry to hear this about your friend’s son. A family’s belief system does play a role when it comes to vaccination but it should never be compromised. And that’s why such awareness is needed.

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    Ramya Ravindra Barithaya May 8, 2020 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    nice article

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      Neha Sharma May 9, 2020 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much 🙂

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    Cindy Dsilva May 9, 2020 at 12:51 am - Reply

    It’s good we have given all the vaccinations to our kids. I think one is still left. Perhaps after the lockdown we will check on that!

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    Varsh May 9, 2020 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    These myths around vaccinations are real and I’m glad you busted them with hard facts. It is safe and important to get kids vaccinated to boost their immunity.

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      Neha Sharma May 9, 2020 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Varsha

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    Mayuri Nidigallu May 9, 2020 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    New parents are almost always in a quandry when it comes to vaccinating their baby. Glad you busted the myths and set the facts right. Would really help Parents to read this.

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      Neha Sharma May 9, 2020 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Mayuri, I hope it reaches maximum parents so that more and more people get aware of the importance of vaccination.

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    Deepika Mishra May 10, 2020 at 12:24 am - Reply

    This post breaks the myth about vaccination. It is true vaccination is the safest option to prevent the disease for a certain time. One should take vaccination seriously.

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      Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Yes, everyone should take vaccination seriously

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    Dipika Singh May 10, 2020 at 12:29 am - Reply

    You have said it, yes these are the most commonly associated myths with the vaccines. I am sure this will help many mothers/parents to fight with the rumors and instead chose which is best for the child.

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      Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Dipika

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    Judy Morris May 10, 2020 at 2:18 am - Reply

    I can understand when somebody says that many people are not pro vaccinations. But as rightly pointed out by you there are several diseases that have been eradicated from India or brought under control due to vaccines only.

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      Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      Glad to know that you could resonate with my thoughts 🙂

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    jhilmil May 10, 2020 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Absolutely agree on the point that vaccine is the first step towards reducing our kid’s exposure to external diseases. There should not be any doubt on the same

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      Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:26 pm - Reply

      Yes, there should be no doubt about vaccination

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    Roma May 10, 2020 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Neha this is such a reassuring post for parents who always battle the dilemma of whether or not to get a vaccine given to their kid

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      Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Roma

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    Tina Basu May 10, 2020 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I have always listened to my son’s doctor and got him vaccinated. There are no doubts vaccines save lives. That is exactly why we all are waiting for the new vaccine to come. Glad you busted all myths here regarding vaccines.

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      Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Tina

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    Neha Jain May 10, 2020 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this post as it is really important for all the new parents. New parents are so confused about vaccination and have so many myths related to it. Vaccination is really important and we need to take it timely as per schedule.

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      Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading.

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    Amrit Kaur May 10, 2020 at 9:49 am - Reply

    I agree, Neha! Refusing vaccination will put kids life in trouble as their immune system won’t be too strong to fight against diseases like small pox, etc.

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      Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading, Amrit

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    Ujjwal Mishra May 10, 2020 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Very important discussion here about vaccinations. I am glad more parents are getting aware. That is the way forward to give healthy life to the child.

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      Neha Sharma May 12, 2020 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Ujjwal.

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