Vaccines cause autism.
No. Vaccines go through a rigorous trial and approval process, which ensures all vaccines are safe and effective.
Unimmunized children pose no threat to immunized ones.
Immunization is a community responsibility. A community that is fully immunized protects those who can’t be immunized, such as very young children, immunocompromised people and elderly people.
Disease rates have dropped because of other reasons, not immunizations.
Data documenting disease rates before and after the introduction of vaccines demonstrate they are highly effective in decreasing the incidence of diseases, despite improvements in living conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Immunizations can save your child’s life from diseases for which there are often no medical treatments; they protect others with weakened immune systems, and prevent diseases from spreading.
Why does my child need so many doses to protect against one disease?
Your child gets as many doses as needed to fully protect them from a disease. More than one dose may be needed to help them build immunity over time. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children who can be immunized should follow the recommended schedule so they get the best protection possible. To see the most up to date schedule for child and adult vaccinations, check out the Vaccine Resources page in the menu bar.
Where can I get immunizations for my child?
You can contact your doctor to get your child up-to-date on their immunizations.
Do vaccines have side effects?
Vaccines go through rigorous testing and are proven to be very safe. Side effects are usually mild and can include a sore arm or fever. There is a very small risk that a serious problem could occur after getting a vaccine. However, the potential risks from the diseases vaccines prevent are much greater than the potential risks associated with the vaccines themselves.