You Need To Know The Truth About These Vaccine Myths

It really is a matter of life and death.

Vaccines save millions of lives every year.

Vaccines save millions of lives every year .

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But outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases still happen all over the world.

But outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases still happen all over the world.

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Last July an 8-month-long measles outbreak in Swansea, Wales, finally came to an end. But not before one person had died and 88 been forced to visit hospital after contracting the disease. Some of those who became ill during the epidemic had not received the MMR vaccine as children thanks to Andrew Wakefield’s bogus vaccine scare in 1998.

These diseases still kill children.

There are outbreaks still going on all over the world that could have been prevented with vaccines.

Five children died in one outbreak of whooping cough in the UK in 2012. By the end of the year, 14 babies under 3 months old had died.

This year in California, three babies have already died of whooping cough.

These are not isolated incidents.

There are many reasons why parents choose not to vaccinate. But that decision is often based on misinformation.

Here are some common myths and why they aren’t true.

1. “There’s a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.”

"There's a link between the MMR vaccine and autism."

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The Cochrane Collaboration reviewed all the available evidence on the MMR vaccine. They found no link between the vaccine and autism.

Here’s their conclusion: “We could assess no significant association between MMR immunisation and the following conditions: autism, asthma, leukaemia, hay fever, type 1 diabetes, gait disturbance, Crohn’s disease, demyelinating diseases, or bacterial or viral infections.”

The myth was started by Andrew Wakefield in 1998.

The myth was started by Andrew Wakefield in 1998.

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Wakefield published a paper in The Lancet (since retracted) claiming that there was a link between autism in 12 children and the MMR vaccine.

He later commented at a press conference that individual vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella were safer than the combined jab, though this claim was not backed up by the research.

Nine months before Wakefield made these comments, he’d filed a patent for a single measles vaccine.

Subsequent peer-reviewed studies have not shown any link between MMR and autism.

Wakefield was struck off the medical register in 2010.

Wakefield was struck off the medical register in 2010.

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He was found guilty of serious professional misconduct. The General Medical Council said Wakefield had “abused his position of trust” and “brought the medical profession into disrepute”.

During the experiments that led to Wakefield’s retracted Lancet paper, children were subjected to colonoscopies, blood tests, and barium meals. None of these experiments were approved by the hospital’s ethics committee.

But him being struck off hasn’t stopped people believing Wakefield’s dangerous claims.

2. “There are dangerous levels of mercury in vaccines.”

"There are dangerous levels of mercury in vaccines."

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There is a mercury-containing compound in some vaccines called thiomersal (“thimerosal” in the US) that has been used as a preservative in drugs since the 1930s.

However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says: “There is no evidence to suggest that the amount of thiomersal used in vaccines poses a health risk.”

Moreover, thiomersal is no longer used in most vaccines. It’s been removed from all vaccines routinely given to children under 6 in the US (apart from one flu vaccine) and the UK.

3. “Cases of vaccinated children getting ill show vaccines don’t work.”

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Vaccines don’t have a 100% success rate, which means sometimes you can still get ill even if you have had a vaccine.

This makes it even more important that as many people as possible are vaccinated.

4. “Whether I choose to vaccinate my child makes no difference to anyone else.”

"Whether I choose to vaccinate my child makes no difference to anyone else."

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Vaccines protect people around you too, including children too young to be vaccinated themselves. It’s an effect called herd immunity. Without it, diseases can spread much quicker.

And it’s no good just keeping kids who are ill at home. Many diseases are contagious before symptoms start to show.

5. “The amount of aluminium in vaccines is harmful.”

"The amount of aluminium in vaccines is harmful."

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An aluminium-based compound is added to many vaccines to strengthen the immune response created by the vaccine.

Vaccines temporarily increase the amount of aluminium in an infant’s body, but this falls back to normal in a few days.

Aluminium is also found naturally in breast milk. Two studies have shown that the combined aluminium intake from diet and vaccines is not enough to cause infants any harm.

“Although aluminium can be toxic in large quantities, no harmful effects are seen with the level of aluminium used in such small amounts in vaccines,” says the NHS.

6. “We can beat diseases with hygiene and sanitation alone.”

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Hand-washing, good hygiene, and clean water can help protect people from infectious diseases. But some diseases will spread no matter how clean we are.

According to the WHO: “If people are not vaccinated, diseases that have become uncommon, such as polio and measles, will quickly reappear.”

7. “There are side effects that doctors don’t tell you about.”

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Some side effects that can occur when a child is vaccinated. But most of the side effects are mild (and temporary) compared to the illnesses that they prevent. Any significant reactions are rare and are always investigated.

You’re much more likely to be seriously injured by a vaccine-preventable disease than by a vaccine. For example, polio can cause paralysis and measles can cause encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain) and blindness.

8. “Too many vaccines overwhelm a baby’s immune system.”

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Kids are exposed to several hundred foreign substances that trigger an immune response every day. According to the WHO: “A child is exposed to far more antigens from a common cold or sore throat than they are from vaccines.”

In fact, taking several vaccines together can help, as it means fewer doctor’s trips and a greater likelihood of finishing the course.

9. “Measles is not dangerous enough to bother with a vaccine.”

"Measles is not dangerous enough to bother with a vaccine."

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Yes it is. Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children. In 2012, there were 122,000 measles deaths worldwide (that’s 14 an hour).

10. “Flu isn’t dangerous.”

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Most people recover from fever and other flu symptoms within a week, but those at higher risk – including children younger than 2 – can be affected more seriously.

Seasonal flu epidemics are estimated to result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths per year.

11. “Whooping cough isn’t dangerous.”

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Each year, there are an estimated 16 million cases of whooping cough worldwide, and about 195,000 child deaths from the disease.

12. “It’s better for kids to be exposed to infection naturally.”

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Vaccines produce an immune response similar to that produced by a natural infection. But, crucially, they do not cause the disease or put the vaccinated person at risk of the disease’s potential complications.

13. “Vaccines do more harm than good.”

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They really, really don’t. If there’s any doubt in your mind about whether vaccines work, take a closer look at this chart.

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Guy’s ‘Flour’ Bouquet Inspires SOs To Share Creative Ways They’ve Apologized

Giving someone flowers is the perfect way to say, Im sorry.

So,it should come as no surprise that dudes immediately send their baes big old bouquets when they find themselves in the dog house.

However, one clever man recently tried to get back into the good graces of his angry girlfriend by sending her a pretty interesting flour arrangement.

Yes, you read that correctly: flour arrangement.

The boyfriend got in trouble yesterday. He sent flours to my office today to apologize.

It seems that this groveling guy didnt know the difference between bouquets and baking ingredients. Instead of sending his girlfriend a bunch of beautiful blooms, he had seven bags of flour delivered to her office.

I know. Talk about romantic.

Now, before you lose all faith in humanity, you should know that this little stunt wasnt performed out of sheer stupidity. Instead, the thoughtful gift was actually inspired by a scene from the movie, Stranger Than Fiction.

This guy clearly managed to find a girl who shares his sense of humor, since his girlfriend found the gift to be pretty damn entertaining. She even uploaded a picture of her present to Imgur, along with the caption, The boyfriend got in trouble yesterday. He sent flours to my office today to apologize.

Since then, the flour photo has been receiving a lot of attention online. One Imgur user even suggested the perfect reciprocal present for her boyfriends practical joke. He commented, So, take home a cat and say you got him some pussy.

This clever apology inspired us to find some other alternatives to the boring old bouquet of flowers. Because lets be real: Laughter is the best gift you can give someone.

Nothing says Im sorry quite like a dozen bacon roses.

Or a bougie bouquet filled with bottles of booze.

A sorrowful succulent serves as the perfect apology for being a prick.

You cant go wrong with some ballsy baked goods

Or a cake that spells out how sorry you are for being a cunt.

If all else fails, you can always bribe your boo into forgiving you with a little extra green.

Everyone knows that flowers say Im sorry, but Chanel says, Ive learned my lesson.

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He was knocked totally speechless, and just buried his head in his arm in disbelief.

Nineteen-year-old Derrick Taylor from Oxford, Alabama, isnt your average teenager.

For the past year and a half, hes worked the 4 a.m. shift loading trucks at UPS to help support his ailing mother.

As if being at work before the sun comes up every morning wasnt hard enough, Derrick has no means of transportation. So he gets up in the middle of the night to walk the five miles to work every morning.

Impressed by his work ethic, love for his mom and dedication he brings to the team, Derricks co-workers surprised him with an incredible gift. They pooled together their own money to buy him a car.

“This is a hard-working young man,” co-worker J.D. Ward said in the video. “He makes me emotional. This young man wants to work so bad, he walks to work from way out of town.

A co-worker who is getting ready to retire offered up his Jeep Cherokee for whatever amount the team could raise. They ended up with $1,100 and a teen who no longer had to make the 10-mile trek to work five days a week.

On behalf of the whole UPS team in Oxford, J.D. presented Derrick with the vehicle at a staff meeting on Feb. 22.,saying, “The group here, we’ve got some good news for you. Everybody came together and you don’t have to walk no more. You’ve got your own ride.”

Derrick said he couldnt believe his co-workers would go to such lengths for someone who had only been around for 18 months.

Its a great feeling to know that I got people around me like that. That really doesnt happen to folks that only work a year and a half.

Of course Derrick is now enjoying a couple more hours of sleep and a quick commute to work, but theres one perk to having a car that hes enjoying even more:

Its nice to be able to take my mom places.



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