Everyone Should Know These 12 Important Things About Vaccines…But They Don’t

1. FACT: “In the past 60 years, vaccines helped eradicate one disease (smallpox) and are close to eradicating another (polio).”

2. FACT: “Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths each year.”

3. MYTH: “Getting so many vaccines will overwhelm a child’s immune system.”

4. MYTH: “Vaccines cause autism and other disorders.”

5. FACT: “New and underutilized vaccines could avert nearly 4 million deaths by 2015.”

6. MYTH: “My baby might get the disease it’s supposed to prevent.”

7. FACT: “Vaccines helped reduce measles deaths globally by 78% between 2000 and 2008. In sub-Saharan Africa, deaths dropped by 92% in the same period.”

8. FACT: “The CDC has reported a 99% reduction in the incidence of bacterial meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae since the introduction of the vaccination against the disease in 1988.”

9. MYTH: “You shouldn’t give a vaccine to a child who has a cold.”

10. MYTH: “Vaccines can provide 100 percent disease protection.”

11. FACT: “Not all vaccines are given as shots. Some vaccines are given orally.”

12. FACT: “Most diseases prevented by vaccines are no longer common in the United States. If vaccines weren’t used, just a few cases could quickly turn into tens or hundreds of thousands.”

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