Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

What are some common misconceptions about childhood immunizations?

People sometimes get concerned about getting their children immunized, but vaccinations are in your child’s best interest.

Some common misconceptions about childhood immunizations include the following:

Misconception: Getting multiple vaccines at once can be harmful.

Fact: Whether a child gets one vaccine or multiple vaccines at the same visit makes no difference to the health of the child.

Misconception: Vaccines can cause autism.

Fact: There is no evidence that vaccines and autism are connected. Premier Health’s Dr. Anessa Alappatt says that though sometimes people are concerned about vaccines, “in no way is there any harm that a vaccine might cause in comparison to the risk of the illness.”

Misconception: Children who are nursing don’t need immunizations.

Fact: Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby and might keep your child from getting many colds, but it does not prevent infections the way vaccinations do.

Misconception: Children don’t need vaccines because these diseases have almost been eliminated in the U.S.

Fact: Immunizations are the reason the diseases have decreased in the United States. Without the vaccines, it could still be possible for your child to catch infectious diseases that cause serious illnesses.

Talk with your child’s family doctor or pediatrician for more information about vaccines and any concerns you might have.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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