There is a litany of myths that are leading more parents to decide against vaccinating their children. Here are some of those myths explained and officially busted.
Modern medicine allows us to not only live longer but have a better quality of life during those extended years. With such a reliance on medicine and all it can do, why are some people so untrusting of vaccinations? It feels as if more and more parents are being fooled by common myths and deciding not to have their children vaccinated. Here are a few of those myths, why they're untrue, and how dangerous those myths are proving to be.
Don't take our word for it, listen to the advice of registered nurse Shannon MacDonald who debunked some of the most common myths via CBC. First up, the belief that vaccines contain dangerous ingredients. It is true that some vaccines contain thimerosal which is broken down into ethylmercury by the body. This is often confused with methylmercury which does cause harm. To put it into perspective, ethylmercury is to methylmercury what the alcohol in wine is to the alcohol you'd find in anti-freeze.
Next up is perhaps the biggest myth of all. Vaccinations can cause autism. Of all the myths related to vaccines, this is the one that blows our minds the most. The reason these two unrelated things are linked is due to the timing of a child's MMR vaccination. It normally comes at around the same time a child is expected to start reacting and communicating with their parents. If the child struggles to do that due to having autism, some parents decided to blame the vaccine, and thus a myth was born.
Another myth is that the risk of contracting the diseases your children are being vaccinated against is low, so what's the point? Well, the point is that if you do vaccinate your children against those diseases, the risk will be even lower. Most of the diseases that do have vaccines are potentially serious ones. Illnesses such as measles and polio can cause serious problems for your child if they were to catch them. The reason those diseases and others have vaccines is due to how dangerous they are, no matter how uncommon they might seem
There are even more fairly common myths when it comes to vaccinations and you can check all of them out here. If you're still unsure as to whether they're safe or vaccinating your child is the right thing to do, then the best option is to seek out medical advice from your doctor.