Top immunization myths: Educating your patients

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Immunization remains one of the most successful methods for the control and eradication of infectious disease all over the world. It is because of immunization that we have eliminated smallpox and are close to eliminating polio. Many deadly diseases, like measles, tetanus and diphtheria, are now killing far fewer children than before their vaccines were available. However, despite the vast success of these vaccines, the number of patients and parents with hesitations about vaccination are increasing continuously. There can be several reasons for this increased opposition to vaccination. It can be due to the safety or efficacy of the vaccine, due to religious hindrance, or possibly due to a false belief about the disease. Many times, lists of mandatory vaccines by the government can also produce hindrance for some vaccines.

Key Point: There is a need to produce strong evidence from time to time regarding various available vaccinations to avoid any myth associated with vaccination. It is very important to update our health professionals with accurate information to respond appropriately to various concerns associated with immunization. Finally, researchers need to provide consistent data on the safety and efficacy of the immunization and interpret adverse data with caution.

Myths associated with vaccination: There are several reasons for the development of myths regarding vaccination in the population. Most of the time, myths develop around the need, safety, and effectiveness of the vaccines. Most of these myths have started in the Western world, where many vaccine-preventable diseases are almost extinct, but many literate and well-educated Indian parents are now raising some of these questions as well. In that sense, vaccines are partly victims of their own successes in combating serious life-threatening infections in children.

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