Vaccines can save lives1

Before vaccines were discovered, millions of people across the world died from easily-preventable diseases. With the help of vaccines, two to three million lives are saved yearly.1

Stay healthy and get vaccinated.

History of Vaccination2

*CoVID-19-Coronavirus Disease 2019; *BCG-Bacillus Calmette–Guérin

Important facts on VACCINATION8

Fact or Fiction:
Vaccines are unsafe
FICTION
Contrary to what many people believe, vaccines contain components that can be introduced into the body. Before a vaccine is released into the market, it undergoes years of clinical research and studies.8

Fact or Fiction:
We won’t die if we don’t get vaccinated
FICTION
These diseases can kill. The World Health Organization (WHO) mentioned that approximately 2.5 million deaths in children less than 5 years of age are prevented through vaccination yearly.9 preventing 2 to 3 million deaths worldwide.1

Fact or Fiction:
Vaccines can cause autism
FICTION
In 1988, a baseless claim stated that the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine can lead to children developing autism later on. Years later, this was retracted by the journal that published it.2,8

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REFERENCE:

1. World Health Organization. Immunization coverage. Available at https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/immunization-coverage Accessed on April 15, 2021 2. Hajj Hussein I, Chams N, Chams S, El Sayegh S, Badran R, Raad M, Gerges-Geagea A, Leone A, Jurjus A. Vaccines Through Centuries: Major Cornerstones of Global Health. Front Public Health. 2015 Nov 26;3:269. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00269. PMID: 26636066; PMCID: PMC4659912 3. Measles History. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/history.html Accessed on 15 February 2021 4. Meningococcal Disease. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Disease 13th edition. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/mening.html Accessed on 15 February 2021. 5. Global Pneumococcal Disease and Vaccine. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/global.html Accessed on 15 February 2021 6. Cucinotta D, Vanelli M. WHO Declares COVID-19 a Pandemic. Acta Biomed. 2020 Mar 19;91(1):157-160. doi: 10.23750/abm.v91i1.9397. PMID: 32191675; PMCID: PMC7569573. 7. CoVID 19 Vaccines. World Health Organization. Available at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines Accessed on 16 February 2021. 8. Geoghegan S, O’Callaghan KP, Offit PA 2020. Vaccine Safety: Myths and Misinformation. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:372. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2020.00372 doi:10.3389/fmicb.2020.00372 9. Global Health Security Immunization. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/security/immunization.htm Accessed on 15 February 2021. 10. Haviari S, Bénet T, Saadatian-Elahi M, André P, Loulergue P, Vanhems P. Vaccination of healthcare workers: A review. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2015;11(11):2522-37. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2015.1082014. PMID: 26291642; PMCID: PMC4685699. 11. Gualano MR, Olivero E, Voglino G, Corezzi M, Rossello P, Vicentini C, Bert F, Siliquini R. Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs towards compulsory vaccination: a systematic review. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2019;15(4):918-931. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2018.1564437. Epub 2019 Feb 20. PMID: 30633626; PMCID: PMC6605844. 12. Jolley D, Douglas KM. The effects of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories on vaccination intentions. PLoS One. 2014 Feb 20;9(2):e89177. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089177. PMID: 24586574; PMCID: PMC3930676. 13. WHO: How Vaccines Work. World Health Organization. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoHOigIp94Q. Accessed on 24 April 2021. 14. Global Vaccine Safety Summit. World Health Organization. Available at https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2019/12/02/default-calendar/global-vaccine-safety-summit Accessed on 15 February 2021.
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