MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT VACCINES”, ESPECIALLY THE COVID-19 VACCINE.

In developing Countries, there are still lot of issues surrounding vaccination against vaccines preventable and deadly diseases. With lots of MYTHS, traditions and religious beliefs impending people willingness in taking vaccine, especially the COVID-19 vaccine.

What Is A VACCINE?

A vaccine is a product that stimulates a person’s immune system (Body Defense) to produce immunity (Protection) against a specific disease.

The latest vaccine available for use is the COVID Vaccine and its job is to protect lives against COVID-19.

MYTH

Vaccines are not adequately tested for safety.

FACT

Vaccines like other drugs are SAFE and EFFECTIVE.

Vaccines, before they’re released for public use, must have gone through many processes to prove they are safe and effective at preventing the specific disease they target.

MYTH

I’m breastfeeding, so my child is protected from infections.

FACT

Breastfeeding is NEVER a substitute for vaccination/immunization for children.

Breastfeeding protects against certain infections but this protection is only temporary, unlike the vaccines that are permanent.

MYTHS

Most vaccine preventable diseases are not serious.

FACT

All the diseases children are vaccinated against are VERY SERIOUS and can be life threatening too.

Studies shows that Tuberculosis kills 10% or more of its victims, most babies that survive whooping cough end up with brain damage etc.

MYTH

The COVID-19 vaccine affects women’s fertility.

FACT

The COVID-19 vaccine will never affect a woman’s fertility.

MYTH

If I’ve already had COVID, I don’t need the vaccine.

FACT

People who have gotten COVID will still need the vaccine to prevent re-infection.

MYTH

Researchers rushed the production of the COVID-19 vaccine, so its effectiveness and safety can’t be trusted.

FACT

Studies have shown that the two initial vaccines are both 95% effective and no reported serious or life-threatening side effects.

MYTH

The side effects of the COVID vaccine are dangerous.

FACT

The COVID-19 vaccines like other drugs have side effects but they are short-term and not serious or dangerous to health.

They include body ache, fever, pain at the injection site, etc. These signs show the vaccine is working.

The truth remains that these vaccines are very very safe as they’ve been tried and tested.

Some of the diseases these vaccines prevent are not curable like Hepatitis B.

Start immunizing your children from birth and follow it up to date.

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