Oasis is celebrating National Immunization Awareness Month!
Here are 5 facts that you need to know:
1: Immunization through vaccination is the safest way to protect against disease.
Whatever you might read or hear, vaccines produce an immune response similar to that produced
by the natural infection, but without the serious risks of death or disability connected with natural
2: It's always best to get vaccinated even when you think the risk of infection is low
Deadly diseases that seem to have been all but eradicated have a nasty habit of making a come-
back when immunization rates drop – as we see with the recent measles outbreaks across Europe.
Only by making sure everyone gets their jabs can we keep the lid permanently on vaccine-
preventable diseases. We should not rely on people around us to stop the spread of disease – we
all have a responsibility to do what we can.
Fact 3: Combined vaccines are safe and beneficial.
Giving several vaccines at the same time has no negative effect on a child’s immune system. It
reduces discomfort for the child, and saves time and money. Children are exposed to more
antigens from a common cold than they are from vaccines.
Fact 4: There is no link between vaccines and autism.
There is no scientific evidence to link the MMR vaccine with autism or autistic disorders. This
unfortunate rumour started with a single 1998 study which was quickly found to be seriously
flawed, and was retracted by the journal that published it.
Fact 5: If we stop vaccination, deadly diseases will return.
Even with better hygiene, sanitation and access to safe water, infections still spread. When
people are not vaccinated, infectious diseases that have become uncommon can quickly come
back to haunt us.
When people have questions about vaccines they should ask their health providers and check
accurate websites for information. Vaccine Safety Net, a global network of vaccine safety
websites certified by WHO, provides easy access to accurate and trustworthy information on
vaccines. The network has 47 member websites in 12 languages, and reaches more than 173
million people every month with credible information on vaccine safety, helping to counter
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