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Vaccines are safe.

ILLUSTRATION BY GERALDINE SY

FACT. Vaccines go through

extensive research and testing. In
2011, among numerous studies,
an Institute of Medicine report on
eight vaccines given to children
and adults found that with rare
exceptions, vaccines are very safe.
For perspective: In 2013, researchers modeled data from 4.3 million
infants receiving the rotavirus vaccine and estimated that 14 deaths
would be avoided while only 0.2
deaths would occur as a result of
complications from the vaccine.
"The frequency of an adverse
reaction that has a significant impact is extremely rare,"
McLean says.

Whether to vaccinate is
a personal decision that
affects only your family.

FICTION. "You need to have as
many people immunized as possible
to prevent a disease from spreading,"
McLean says. "It's not fair to people
who don't have a chance to get an
immunization because they are too
young or immunocompromised,
meaning they have a weakened
immune system from an illness like
cancer. It puts them at risk."

Vaccinations don't work.

FICTION. A vaccine introduces
a very small amount of antigen
(part of a germ) to a person's
immune system, causing the body

to develop immunity to that germ
in the form of T-lymphocytes and
antibodies, significantly reducing
the likelihood of acquiring a specific disease.
"Research clearly shows that
vaccines work and save lives,"
McLean says.
You should vaccinate yourself
and your family for two reasons,
he says:
"One, you vaccinate to protect yourself and your children.
Two, you do this because there
are people around you who are
susceptible to getting sick who
can't get vaccinated because
they are too young or are
immunocompromised." *
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