If you’re scared of jabs or worried about the health implications of a vaccine, it’s time to set the record straight with some important facts about vaccination.
Fact 1: Vaccines are safe.
Vaccines are scientifically tested and go through rigorous approval processes. In Australia all vaccines are extensively reviewed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). If that’s not enough, the probability of being struck by lightning is higher than the chances of suffering a severe allergic reaction to the Measles Mumps Rubella or Hepatitis B vaccine.
Fact 2: Vaccination helps Australians avoid serious illness.
Many diseases that can be prevented by immunisation are spread from person to person. While Australians have access to fresh food, clean water and good hospital care there is still a risk of infectious disease. People who are not immunised may be putting themselves and those around them at unnecessary risk of serious illness, disability and death caused by vaccine preventable diseases.
Fact 3: Vaccinations protect the individual, the family and the community.
Vaccines are considered the most cost effective public health tool in the fight against infectious diseases, which have a high pass on rate when transmitted from person to person. For example, one person with the flu can infect up to three others with the virus. Vaccination protects more than just the individual, it protects the public too.
Fact 4: Vaccinations strengthen the immune system.
Vaccines strengthen the immune system, because they stimulate the defence mechanisms that provide protection against specific diseases.
Important information: As with any medicine, vaccines have risks as well as benefits. Serious side effects such as severe allergic reactions are very rare and vaccines are considerably safer than getting the diseases that they protect against. Before any vaccine can be used it will have been through extensive scientific research including clinical trials. The Therapeutic Goods Administration reviews this data to determine if the product can be approved for use in Australia. This is not only to show that they are safe, but also to prove they work.