Baby Vaccine myths

December 15, 2018

Dr Stephanie Ooi (MBBS, MSc, MRCGP) is a GP, mum to Lily and passionate women’s health advocate.

She has compiled a collection of short, informative and essential reading blog posts to help any new parent answer some of the most common medical questions and bust a few myths and old wives tales.

In part 2 of our must read blog series Dr Stephanie Ooi examines some common misconceptions around vaccinations and what new parents should expect!

The importance of vaccines shouldn’t be underestimated. They really do save lives. Thanks to vaccines, diseases such as Smallpox and Polio are a thing of the past. These are conditions that had truly devastating consequences.

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The UK NHS childhood vaccination programme protects our children against many other dangerous diseases such as Meningitis C. I am incredibly passionate that all children should follow this schedule. It is safe, effective and, more importantly, keeps these diseases at bay.

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I have addressed some common myths regarding vaccines below:

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You cannot overload a baby’s immune system through vaccination. Babies come into contact with thousands of bacteria and viruses from a very early age (no matter how clean things are!) and don’t cause a problem. The vaccines themselves contain a weakened form of the bacteria and viruses so your baby is very well equipped to deal with them.

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It isn’t better for a baby to get the disease so they develop immunity. The diseases included on the NHS schedule can have serious, life-threatening consequences.

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If your baby has a history of febrile convulsions or epilepsy, or if there is a family history of these conditions, you do not have to avoid vaccinations.

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Homeopathy cannot be used as an alternative to vaccinations.

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You do not have to postpone a vaccination if your baby has a cough or cold without a fever (do postpone if they have a fever).

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You do not have to avoid vaccinations if your baby has severe eczema.

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