Debunking myths and misconceptions on Vaccines

Nanditha KalidossinImmunization
Mar 28, 2021

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Vaccine intake has been linked to autism


There is no scientific evidence between any vaccine and the likelihood of developing autism. Therefore, the claim is FALSE.

Vaccine manufacturers, governments, regulators, and health care workers across the world are speeding up the work of developing and deploying new vaccines and medicines, after ensuring their safety and effectiveness, to reduce morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19 or any given diseases. However, misinformation around the COVID-19 vaccines is posing to be an impediment in the upcoming nationwide vaccination drive. In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) named vaccine hesitancy as one of the top ten threats to global health. Vaccine hesitancy —the phenomenon of people refusing to get vaccinated despite the presence of a safe and effective vaccine— is complex and driven by several factors. It is necessary that people are made aware of the vaccine through an authentic and authorized channel. More critical, it is important to build confidence in vaccines to promote their adoption.

Andrew Wakefield’s paper on MMR vaccine conducted in 1998 raised some serious concerns on vaccination linked to autism. As a result of this study, vaccination rates dropped significantly leading to an outbreak of diseases. However, this study was later found to be flawed and the journal retracted the published paper refuting the posited link between MMR vaccination and autism  

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