- Serious adverse reactions are rare. The dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases are many times greater than the risks of a serious adverse reaction to the vaccine.
- Health authorities around the world take vaccine safety very seriously. Expert committees in Canada investigate reports of serious adverse events.
- There is no evidence that vaccines cause chronic diseases, autism or sudden infant death syndrome.
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Facts and fictions
Over the years, myths and misunderstandings have surrounded vaccines. Here are a few you should know the truth about.
Protect your child from common diseases
As a parent, one of the most important things you can do is have your child immunized against the following 13 vaccine-preventable diseases.
Your baby's first immunization
Immunization needles may cause your baby mild pain, but it goes away very quickly. Here are some ways to make it easier on both of you.
Misconceptions about vaccine safety
Misconceptions about the safety of vaccines may cause you to delay or avoid immunizations. Vaccines protect against a number of preventable diseases like measles, whooping cough, and influenza (the flu). Avoiding immunizations puts you, your children, and your community at risk.
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