Myths & Facts

Fact: This cannot happen, as flu shots contain inactivated versions of the virus, or only have a single protein from the virus. Some people may experience flu-like symptoms after the flu shot because…

  1. Some people get mild reactions to vaccines (headache, soreness)
  2. There is a 2-week window before the flu shot is fully effective, if you are exposed to the flu before this window is over, you can still get the flu
  3. Sometimes, the virus used for the flu shot is different than the flu going around. This can still offer protection against severe flu symptoms.

Fact: There is no evidence to link vaccines to autism or SIDS. The original study that sparked this controversy was retracted, as it used falsified information. In fact, there are numerous large-scale studies proving that certain vaccines, such as the MMR vaccine, do not increase risk for autism.


Fact: Herd immunity happens when enough people are vaccinated to protect against an outbreak of a disease. If less people start getting vaccinated, herd immunity can disappear. It is also important to protect those who cannot get vaccinated for health reasons (immunocompromised, pregnant, etc.)

Fact: The amount of substances contained within vaccines are lower than what we are exposed to in the natural environment. Any substance can be dangerous depending on the amount, even water. Vaccines are closely studied and monitored before they even make it to the clinical trial phase.


Fact: Before vaccines were invented, many people had shorter lifespans and died due to preventable disease. There are also serious and life-threatening complications that can occur from preventable diseases.

In the first decade of measles existing in the United States prior to a vaccine, it caused about 6,000 deaths per year. In 2,000 measles was eliminated, absence of continuous disease transmission for greater than 12 months (CDC, 2000), thanks to vaccines.

Fact: Vaccines only contain the ingredients necessary to protect against the particular virus or disease. For all vaccines, the ingredient lists are readily available online.

There is no evidence to suggest that any of these vaccines have a microchip in them.

Common Questions You May Have About HPV Vaccine

Yes! The HPV Vaccine has been closely monitored and administered to 400 million people around the world without side effects

Yes! The HPV Vaccine has been shown to prevent HPV related cancers and genital warts caused by HPV.

Yes! HPV can result in a variety of cancers and the vaccine is the best way to prevent against these. This vaccine is cancer prevention.

Your child should get vaccinated before their 13th birthday for the best chance of the vaccine working. However, children ages 11-26 can still get the vaccine.

Two doses 6-12 months apart are required before the age of 15 and three doses at 0 months, 1-2 months, and 6 months are required after the age of 15.

HPV can cause vaginal, cervical, anal, penile, and throat cancers. The vaccine can prevent these types of cancers!

No, the HPV vaccine does not cause infertility and is safe for your child.

Yes, the vaccine is necessary regardless of sexual activity.

Yes! The HPV vaccine prevents cancers that occurs for both boys and girls.

No, studies show that getting the HPV vaccine does not make children any more likely to engage in sexual activity.

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