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Vaccines & You: Understanding the Myths and Facts

Read Facts About Vaccination
Read Facts About Vaccination

Vaccines are medicines that “teach” your body how to defend against future infection. They’re made from killed or weakened viruses or bacteria.

There’s a lot of information available about vaccines and not all of it is true. Before making decisions about vaccination for you and your family, it’s important to get the facts.

No matter what age you are or what stage of life you are in, it is important to talk to your doctor about vaccines. Vaccines can help prevent disease in people of all ages.

For children

  • MYTH:
    My child only needs
    school-required vaccines.
    FACT:
    The CDC recommends vaccines for preteens—even beyond the ones required by many schools.
  • MYTH:
    It’s better to build up resistance by getting the disease than by getting vaccinated.
    FACT:
    Vaccinating helps children build up defenses while reducing the chances of getting sick from the disease.
  • MYTH:
    Most vaccines for children only help prevent mild diseases.
    FACT:
    Many diseases can be serious. Choosing not to vaccinate may put your child, and others, at risk.

For adults

  • MYTH:
    When it comes to vaccines, adults only need the flu shot.
    FACT:
    The CDC recommends up to 6 vaccines, even for healthy adults.
  • MYTH:
    My doctor didn’t say I needed any vaccines, so I must be up to date.
    FACT:
    Making sure your vaccinations are up to date is a team effort. Be proactive and talk to your doctor.
  • MYTH:
    All I need to do to stay healthy is eat right and exercise.
    FACT:
    Getting CDC-recommended vaccines and regular checkups is also part of protecting your health.
For more information about vaccine myths and facts, what’s in vaccines, and how they are developed, visit VaccinesAndYou.com.