Common Misconceptions About Vaccines

Spread of Misconceptions About Immunizations
Dr Bruce Gellin, former director of the National Network for Immunization Information, discusses how the Internet spreads misinformation and the facts about unimmunized children.

Frequent Misconceptions
Find answers to the following myths about immunization.

  • “I’ve heard that vaccines are not needed because these diseases were disappearing even before the vaccines were developed.”
  • “Chickenpox is not a fatal disease, so that vaccine is not necessary.”
  • “I am breastfeeding so my child doesn’t need immunizations.”
  • “These diseases have been virtually eliminated from the United States, so my child doesn’t need to be vaccinated.”
  • “I read that the DTP vaccine can cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”
  • “I saw on the news that there are “hot lots” of vaccines that are more dangerous than other lots.”
  • “I’ve heard that it is unsafe to immunize a child who has a cold and fever. Is this true?”
  • “I’ve heard that some children have serious side effects from vaccines so they must not be very safe.”
  • “I’ve heard that giving a child more than one immunization at a time can be dangerous.”
  • “Immunizations hurt.”

Immunization Issues: Vaccine Misinformation (Exit Site)
The National Network for Immunization Information lists common claims found on anti-vaccination Web sites and provides the real facts in response.

Immunization Quiz from the Immunization Action Coalition
Test your knowledge about immunization by taking this quiz!
(Exit Site)



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