Just shy of 20 years ago, the United States declared measles to be eliminated. But this year, it came back with a vengeance as New York City battled the largest outbreak the U.S. has seen in recent history – spending $6 million to stop the spread throughout the boroughs. The culprit in this case, unfortunately, is human error. Despite the lack of research and evidence, anti-vaxxers have been spreading myths about the safety of vaccinations that are starting to do real harm. Vaccination myths are not only costly – they are deadly. At Chai Urgent Care, we encourage you to get the facts about vaccinations.
The Truth About Vaccination
Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism
The number one myth about vaccination is that it causes autism. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, as there is no scientific evidence concluding that childhood vaccines, as well as those received by mothers, are linked to autism. Autism is a developmental disability resulting from how the brain functions, which can be caused by several genetic, non-genetic, and environmental factors.
Most families whose children have been diagnosed with autism believe this myth because the diagnosis may have occurred around the same time as their vaccinations. But research compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics has made it perfectly clear that vaccines do not cause autism.
Infant Immune Systems Can Handle Multiple Vaccinations
While it may be true that infant immune systems are far from being fully developed, there are no long-term negative health effects from vaccinating infants. During a child’s first two years of life, guidelines recommend 26 total vaccinations to protect against 14 preventable diseases, with most occurring during the first six months of life. But some are administered before the baby even is even born or leaves the hospital. These include:
- Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough and is administered to mothers between 27 and 36 weeks of their pregnancy
- Flu vaccine for mothers toward the end of pregnancy, which protects the baby for up to two months after birth
- Hepatitis B vaccine, which is administered to the infant at birth
Allergic Reactions to Vaccines Are Extremely Rare
Though each individual may react differently to a vaccination, the truth is that allergic reactions occur very rarely. For most vaccines, the rate of an allergic reaction is about one per million doses, which equates to a 0.0001% chance. Though highly uncommon, you can rest assured that your healthcare provider is prepared to quickly address any allergic reaction with medications like epinephrine on hand for immediate use.
Get Vaccinated Today at Chai Urgent Care in New Jersey and New York
Contact us online or call one of our multiple convenient locations in New Jersey and New York to learn more about how vaccinations can keep you and your community safe and healthy. We are open 365 days per year, and there is never a need to make an appointment.