Debunking Common Myths About Routine Childhood Immunizations

Jun 01, 2023
Debunking Common Myths About Routine Childhood Immunizations
The idea that childhood immunizations carry health risks for your child is simply not true, yet myths persist even though vaccines are one of the greatest advances in public health, extending the lifespan of millions.

One of the best ways you can help your child achieve a healthy, active life is through complete immunization, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization schedule. Continuously updated as vaccine technology advances, the CDC schedule provides a convenient roadmap for avoiding many preventable diseases. 

To help both you and your child, Abdow Friendship Pediatrics in Rockville, Maryland, is a pro-vaccine practice. Our team maintains your child’s vaccine record, ensuring they receive all the benefits of a full slate of immunizations. We also help you catch up with your child’s protection if you missed any vaccines during the Covid-19 lockdowns. 

In the meantime, if you’re concerned about vaccine disinformation, we’ll set the record straight by debunking common myths about routine childhood immunizations. 

Myth: The MMR vaccine causes autism

This misconception originated with a 1997 study that was tainted with conflict of interest, procedural errors, and ethical violations. The author of the study later lost their medical license. Subsequent testing found no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. 

Myth: Natural immunity is better than vaccine immunity

This myth hinges on the appeal of the word “natural” as a synonym for “better.” Natural immunity is acquired by having the disease. When you consider that the diseases in question can cause serious illness, long-term health problems, and even death, natural immunity requires quite a gamble. Acquiring immunity through vaccines doesn’t infect your child with active forms of the disease. 

Myth: Vaccines contain toxins

Vaccines do contain ingredients that can be toxic or that have names that sound like toxic substances. However, it's a myth that these ingredients are present in toxic amounts. Virtually any substance is toxic when it reaches a certain level. Even water is toxic if you drink enough. Vaccines can’t poison your child. 

Myth: A child is too young for vaccines

Vaccines protect your child when they’re most vulnerable, helping them to develop protection against dangerous diseases. That’s why they receive a vaccine for hepatitis B soon after birth. The first 18 months of your child’s life are the busiest time for vaccination. Vaccines represent protection for their young immune systems, not a challenge. 

Myth: Vaccines don’t work

This isn’t really a myth. It’s simply wrong. Vaccines are proven to work — spectacularly — in study after study. The CDC publishes lists of studies on vaccines in general as well as for specific diseases that prove both the effectiveness and safety of vaccines. 

If you have questions about your child’s vaccines, make an appointment with us at Abdow Friendship Pediatrics. We’re happy to help you understand why childhood immunization is such a powerful advantage for your child’s health and future. Call or click to schedule your visit with us today.