Don’t let myths about vaccinations put your child at riskVaccinations are a very safe and proven way to protect your child from diseases that can cause injury or death. They can help protect children from diseases such as:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Influenza
  • Whooping cough
  • Some types of bacterial pneumonia
  • Serious blood infections
  • Several types of meningitis
  • Certain liver diseases
  • Cervical cancer

Some people avoid vaccines because they believe immunizations can make you sick. This isn’t true. Most vaccines cause only minor side effects. If a child gets a disease that could have been prevented with a vaccine, the risks to the child and other people is much greater than the risk of a vaccine reaction.

In addition, many research studies have confirmed there is no link between vaccinations and autism or any other developmental disorder. Read more myths and facts.

Young infants are at high risk of getting sick. It is very important to make sure other close family members have had all of their vaccines and that the infant receives recommended vaccinations on schedule.

For more information contact your child’s doctor or visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Lyn Ranta, MD– Lyn Ranta, MD, director of Physician Affairs, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Dr. Ranta is a co-leader of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s immunization initiative, and she treated children as a community pediatrician for more than 20 years.


Don’t let myths about vaccinations put your child at risk — 2 Comments

  1. Wow, I have to say, this post was very biased in it’s facts and opinions. Your only back up reasoning as to why it’s bad to not vaccinate is just because it’s “just not true”?? We’re supposed to take your word that it’s “just not true” because you’re a doctor and you said so? I was a vaccinated injured baby from the DTAP. So was my fiance (different vaccination) I almost lost my life as an infant because of it. Seems like doctors just don’t care about that. I had an OB try and FORCE me to get the whooping cough vaccine while I was pregnant to “protect my baby” even though I told him I nearly lost my life from it and learned I was allergic to it. For all I know, I could have lost my life the 2nd time around (should I have gotten it) and possibly even my then, unborn child.

    In the future, I’d like to see an article like this that actually has the #’s to support the ‘facts’ you provide. It’d also be refreshing for you to give the facts of the opposing side. Let parents make an informed decision, not one that rely’s on blind trust and ‘because I said so’ mentality and principles.

  2. Thank you very much for sharing your concerns. All medications and therapies carry some risk of an unintended result, as does driving a car. Over time new versions of vaccines have become available that decrease some of those risks. However the risk of contracting the diseases and having a bad outcome or death from the illness remains much higher than the risk of side effects. As a parent I read as much as I could about vaccines. I looked to sources of information that I felt were unbiased such as the Centers for Disease Control, peer reviewed medical studies and the American Academy of Pediatrics. I made sure that my own children were fully vaccinated and would do so again without hesitation.