MYTH #5: Vaccines are not safe
Another anti-vaccine myth is that vaccines are not safe because they contain toxic substances.
All of the vaccines released in communities are safe and undergo strict reviews. Even after the release of these vaccines, the reviews continue to monitor potential risks and complications. The entire process includes three phases of clinical testing before approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), licensure approval, and continuous monitoring that usually takes at least ten years and even more.
Moreover, vaccines do not contain harmful levels of substances. Mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde are some of the substances included in the vaccine. But these can enhance the vaccine’s efficacy and safety.
MYTH #6: Vaccines are only for kids
An anti-vaccine myth claims that only children need vaccination.
Even teens and adults can receive vaccination shots, as the immunity from the first dose gradually wears off. The second dose serves as the booster that brings back the immunity level. These booster doses are scheduled at every stage. Some vaccines, like flu vaccines, are needed by children and adults every year to keep them protected from viruses.
MYTH #7: Safety and health protocols are unnecessary after receiving a vaccine
The Department of Health (DOH) and John Hopkins Medicine said that following health protocols can still protect people even after receiving vaccines.
The COVID-19 vaccine, for example, takes around 14 days before the antibodies develop, which will fight the virus.
MYTH #8: The vaccine causes infertility in women
There are official reports that say that COVID-19 vaccines are causing infertility. Yet, a professor at Yale University refuted this anti-vaccine myth, noting that women can still get pregnant even after receiving the vaccine. The vaccine will also help in protecting the mother and baby from the virus through the antibodies.
MYTH #9: People with a history of allergies are not capable of receiving a vaccine
The Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology clarified that people who have allergic reactions can get vaccinated for COVID-19. They also stated that allergy history has no relation to vaccines.
However, if an allergic reaction happens after the first dose, recipients will no longer be given a second one.
People get vaccines to develop their immune systems and help produce antibodies that will destroy bacteria and viruses entering the body. However, different myths and misconceptions from anti-vaccine advocates have arisen for the release of multiple vaccines.
Scientists and doctors continue to debunk these myths and encourage people to receive vaccines as early as possible.