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There is a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about vaccines.

Debunking Adult vaccination myths:

Myth: Adult Vaccination are not safe.

Fact: When a vaccine is developed, it goes through detailed process overseen by U.S. FDA. FDA must prove that the vaccine is safe.

Once FDA proves that the vaccine is safe, CDC joins FDA and continuously monitor the vaccine as how well it works and what side effects can happen along with monitoring facilities that manufacture the vaccine.

Myth: Vaccine contains dangerous and toxic ingredients.

Fact: When it comes to toxicity, dosage is everything.

Any substance in access can be toxic. Vaccines contain the ingredients at a dose that is even lower than the dose we are naturally exposed to in our environment.

Myth: Natural immunity is healthier than vaccine induced immunity.

Fact: Vaccines allows you to build immunity without any harmful and damaging effects caused by vaccine preventable diseases.

When administered properly and in proper dosage, vaccine provide you with the immunity you need to protect yourself against harmful diseases.

Myth: If everyone surrounding me is immune, then I don’t need to get vaccinated.

Fact: By getting vaccinated, you are not only protecting yourself but also your community. When one person gets the infection, it spreads to another person. More vaccinated people means fewer chances of spreading infection.

Myth: Vaccination are used to microchip people.

Fact: The internet is a boon for the people but sometimes it can also be a source of misinformation especially during COVID pandemic.

There are some claims that vaccines can be used to microchip people so that they can be tracked through cell phone towers. This is not also fake but impossible.

Myth: Vaccines have harmful and long-term side effects.

Fact: Side-effects due to vaccination are very mild. Some people experience short-term side effects due to vaccination like pain, redness, rash and swelling at the site of the injection or low-grade fever. According to WHO, serious side effects from the vaccines rarely occur.

However, the benefits of getting vaccinated outweighs the risk of side effects.

Myth: Vaccination are not safe for pregnant women.

Fact: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends pregnant women get vaccinated against such as diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough so that they protect themselves and also their babies from the disease. Also, if the women is pregnant during influenza season, it is recommended that she gets the flu shot also. However, pregnant people should consult their health care providers t their prenatal check ups about the vaccine they need and when.

Myth: Vaccine preventable diseases are rare and don’t exist in my country, so I don’t need to get vaccinated.

Fact: You should get all the vaccines as recommended as a part of country’s national immunization programs as the viruses and bacteria circulate in many parts of the world and they infect the people who are not vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccine - Myths and Facts

Myth: COVID-19 vaccine were not tested before approval and it is unsafe.

Fact: The vaccines are proven safe and effective, though it was developed very quickly, it has undergone through the same rigorous process of Food and Drug Control Administration as other vaccines meeting all the standards.

Myth: If you already had COVID-19 you do not need to be vaccinated.

Fact: If you already have COVID-19, you can still benefit from the vaccine. 

Myth: After vaccination, there is no need of taking precautions against COVID-19.

Fact: Masking, handwashing, social distancing still needs to be followed until sufficient number of people are immune.

Myth: Due to vaccination, you can get infected with COVID-19.

Fact: You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine as it does not contain live virus.

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine affects the reproductive system in females.

Fact: This is a social media myth as there is no medical or scientific mechanism saying that the vaccine affects the reproductive system of females or they interact with an egg that’s been realized or fertilized.

Myth: The COVID-19 vaccine alters the DNA.

Fact: Both messenger RNA (mRNA) and viral vector COVID -19 vaccines work just by delivering instructions to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Vaccines are one of the greatest inventions of mankind and getting vaccinated is our personal and social responsibility.

There are many ways to find the facts related to vaccination online, but the best way to clear the doubts pertaining to your vaccination is to ask your health care provider rather than believing the myth or get in touch with the vaccination team by booking your free consultation at INVC.

Sources:

www.cdc.gov

www.muhealth.org

www.familydoctor.org

www.publichealth.org

www.umms.org

www.paho.org

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