Vaccinations are the safest, most effective way of protecting ourselves from diseases. However, there are those who might say otherwise. Here are 4 reasons why vaccines are safe.
1. Vaccines do not cause any health problems
Vaccines do not cause any other medical conditions such as autism and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). This misunderstanding came about because autism is often detected and SIDS often occurs during the same age range as the time millions of babies get their routine shots. However, no research has been able to prove that vaccinated children are more likely to get autism or SIDS than those who are unvaccinated. You can read more on vaccine safety in our Issues section.
2. Vaccines do not contain any harmful ingredients
The ingredients in vaccines help in the production and preservation of the vaccine or to increase the chances of building strong immunity. However, the sound of some of these ingredients (such as mercury and thimersal) may sound alarming to you.
The saying ‘the dose makes the poison’ applies in this case. What this means is that , it’s not necessarily the substance that’s poisonous, but the amount of it. Even water can be toxic when given in large amounts. Rest assured that none of the ingredients in vaccines will cause you or your child any harm. If you have any other questions you can read more on vaccine ingredients in our Issues section.
3. Vaccines are rigorously tested before they are registered for use.
Each vaccine undergoes strict and detailed safety tests that run for 10 to 15 years before they are registered for use. These tests include clinical trials that compare groups of people who get the vaccine with groups who do not get the vaccine. Even after introduction, adverse effects are constantly being monitored.
4. Vaccines are well researched.
Extensive research and careful monitoring on vaccines makes them one of the most well-understood medicines. Furthermore, vaccines have been in use for more than 50 years so there is little that the experts do not already know about them. Because of this, we have a list of expected side effects and what to do about them. You can read them in our vaccine side effects under our Issues section.