Myth vs Fact - Vaccines

Flu shot causes the flu
Myth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza vaccines are composed of a dead virus and can’t give someone the flu. However, the flu vaccine is typically given during a season when respiratory viruses are very common and since it takes 2 weeks after receiving the shot to develop immunity the individual is less likely to be able to fight it off.

Only sick people need vaccines
Myth. When a healthy individual gets vaccinated it actually helps protect those with weaker immunity.

Vaccines are only for kids
Myth. There are numerous vaccines recommended for individuals in different stages of life (from newborns to elderly). Especially because immunity can wear off years after receiving a vaccine, a booster shot may be recommended.

Vaccines guarantee protection
Myth Vaccines do not give you 100% guarantee you won’t get sick. They improve your ability to fight off a real infection when exposed and make the illness less severe.

Vaccines can have side effects
Vaccines come with side effects and the most common side effects are soreness, mild redness and swelling at the injection site. Symptoms very well treated with Ibuprofen (Advil) and/or Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Keep in mind, all vaccines on the market have been tested over a long period of time and are FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved.

Natural immunity is better
Active infections are more likely to trigger lifelong immunity then vaccinations; however, the risks of real infections and their complications are a bigger problem.

HPV Vaccines are only for girls
Gardasil, against 4 different HPV strains, and Gardasil 9, against 9 HPV strains, are given to girls and boys. Recommendations are to vaccinate females and males between the ages of 10-26, preferably before they engage in sexual activity.

Pregnant women can’t get vaccines
Partially True.
It’s recommended for women in their pregnancy to still get their Influenza vaccines annually (Inactivated flu vaccine) and Tdap vaccine around 28 weeks of pregnancy. But they should avoid live vaccines like Varicella (chicken pox) or MMR (measles mumps rubella).

It’s better to space out vaccinations
There are no studies that show delaying certain shots being safer. It actually leaves the child at a greater risk for developing a vaccine preventable illness plus the stress a child undergoes is greater when receiving one shot a month instead of several shots at once.