Fact: There’s zero evidence vaccines are linked to autismThere is zero scientific evidence vaccines cause autism, despite much misinformation. This stems from a thoroughly-discredited study about 20 years ago that linked the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine with autism. While the causes
of autism are not completely understood, it’s a fact that vaccines are not a cause.
Fact: Vaccines don’t infect you with the diseaseVaccines used in Canada are rigorously tested. And while some vaccines do contain weakened versions of a germ, the key word is weakened. For someone with a healthy immune system, they will not infect you with the disease they’re meant
to protect you from. Your doctor will make sure you (and nobody’s too old to be vaccinated) or your child can safely receive the vaccine.
Fact: Your immune system can handle multiple vaccines at onceSome vaccines, like the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) protect against multiple diseases with one dose. This saves you or your children from more injections. It’s also safe. Every day, you come into contact with many more substances
that can trigger immune responses (like the common cold for example) than are contained in vaccines.
Fact: Vaccines are safeThe dangers of serious infectious diseases making a comeback are far more severe than any mild side effect of a vaccine. It’s true some mild side effects are possible such as soreness in the area of the injection; a headache; in rare
cases, a mild fever. Many medications have side effects as they make you better, and vaccines are sometimes no different as they protect you from getting sick.
Fact: Vaccine allergies are extremely rareA lot of the opposition to vaccination centres on allergies. And it’s true, in one or two instances per million vaccinations, someone may have a serious allergic reaction. That’s 0.0001%. For comparison’s sake, the odds of being hit
by lightning are one-in-700,000. So allergic reactions to vaccines are very rare. Yet for that one person in a million, also potentially serious. It’s important to keep in mind that serious allergic reactions take place almost
instantly, meaning the person will be in a doctor’s office or hospital setting where they can receive the care they need to control the reaction and recover.