13 June 2023

MMR vaccine

The MMR vaccine is the safest and most effective method to prevent three infectious diseases: measles, mumps and rubella. All three of these diseases are highly contagious viral infections that can cause serious health complications and even lead to death. The two doses of MMR vaccine provide lifelong protection against measles, mumps and rubella…, What is the MMR vaccine?, MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine that protects from measles, mumps, and rubella. These diseases can cause severe harm, so vaccination against them is essential to help children grow healthy and protected. The benefit of a combined vaccine is that it protects children from different diseases with the same injection. This means less…, Can children get the MMR and other vaccines if they are allergic to eggs or have mild infections (e.g. runny nose)?, Babies and children with minor coughs and cold or those on antibiotics can be immunized safely and effectively. WHO notes that egg allergy is not connected to any allergic reaction registered after vaccination and the child can be safely vaccinated. Children who had a severe allergic reaction (e.g. breathing difficulties, losing consciousness)…, Should the MMR vaccine be delayed until the child speaks?, Vaccination should not be delayed until the child speaks. Delaying or skipping vaccination increases a child’s vulnerability to the disease. Once the child is infected with measles, it can cause serious complications and even lead to the child’s death. It is important to follow the country's immunization schedule. The first dose of the MMR vaccine…, What are the side effects of the MMR vaccine? Does it require the child to miss school?, The MMR vaccine can cause mild effects such as fever, mild rash, sore arm from the injection site and temporary pain in the joints. More severe allergic reactions including swelling, hives and trouble breathing are extremely rare. Mild side effects are common, and they occur because the vaccine works inside the body to create an immune response.…, The MMR vaccine is live-attenuated. Is it dangerous?, Live-attenuated vaccines are not dangerous because they contain very weakened (or attenuated) viruses or bacteria that cannot make us sick. The vaccine's job is to mimic an infection without making us feel ill with all the symptoms that would follow a real infection. Live attenuated vaccines are effective because they trigger a strong and lasting…, Who is not supposed to receive the MMR vaccine?, The MMR vaccine is not recommended for people who have had a reaction to the previous dose of the MMR vaccine, or people with a severely weakened immune system - this includes people with medical conditions such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and leukaemia and those who receive cancer treatment. Women who are pregnant, should not receive the MMR vaccine,…
03 August 2022

Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Accurate vaccine information is critical and can help stop common myths and rumors. But sometimes it can be difficult to know which sources of information you can trust. Below are myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccination which can help clarify things. More about COVID-19 vaccines ., MYTH: The ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous., FACT: Nearly all the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines are also ingredients in many foods – fats, sugars, and salts. Exact vaccine ingredients vary by manufacturer. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines also contain messenger RNA (mRNA) and the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine contains a harmless version of a virus unrelated…, MYTH: The natural immunity I get from being sick with COVID-19 is better than the immunity I get from COVID-19 vaccination., FACT: Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is a safer and more dependable way to build immunity to COVID-19 than getting sick with COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccination causes a more predictable immune response than infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine gives most people a high level of protection against COVID-19 and can…, MYTH: COVID-19 vaccines cause variants., FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not create or cause variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines can help prevent new variants from emerging. New variants of a virus happen because the virus that causes COVID-19 constantly changes through a natural ongoing process of mutation (change). As the virus spreads, it has more…, MYTH: All adverse events reported are caused by vaccination., FACT: Adverse events can be reported even if it is not clear whether a vaccine caused the problem. Because of this, report data alone cannot determine if the reported adverse event was caused by a COVID-19 vaccination. Some reports may contain information that is incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental, or unverifiable. Vaccine safety experts study…, MYTH: The mRNA vaccine is not considered a vaccine., FACT: mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, work differently than other types of vaccines, but they still trigger an immune response inside your body. This type of vaccine is new, but research and development on it has been underway for decades. The mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus. Instead, they work by teaching our cells…, MYTH: COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips., FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips. Vaccines are developed to fight against disease and are not administered to track your movement. Vaccines work by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without…, MYTH: Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can make you magnetic., FACT: Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection., MYTH: COVID-19 vaccines can alter my DNA., FACT: COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both messenger RNA (mRNA) and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines work by delivering instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. After the body produces an immune response, it discards all the vaccine…